cash crop


Definition of cash crop

: a readily salable crop (such as cotton or tobacco) produced or gathered primarily for market

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The cash crops included cotton, jute, indigo, sugar, tea and coffee. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "‘Unruly Waters’ and ‘Ganges’ Review: In India, Water Is Politics," 4 Jan. 2019 Some countries like Ethiopia have launched the Yayu Forest Coffee Project, which encourages farmers to plant coffee inside forests, creating a cash crop while protecting precious woodlands. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "More Than Half of Coffee Species Are in Danger of Extinction," 16 Jan. 2019 In many cases, consumer demand is helping drive the pressures as agribusinesses expand production of coffee, palm oil, sugar cane and other cash crops. Sarah Dilorenzo, The Seattle Times, "Group: Land activist murders keep rising, 2017 deadliest yet," 23 July 2018 The push to make hemp, a non-psychoactive relative of marijuana, a legal cash crop in the United States got a fresh boost Monday from the country’s most powerful senator. Mike Debonis, Washington Post, "Mitch McConnell renews push to legalize industrial hemp," 26 Mar. 2018 The tomato and pepper plants that once filled some of those greenhouses have been replaced with a new cash crop: marijuana. Gene Johnson, The Seattle Times, "More than 100 pot shops set to open as Canada legalizes weed," 11 Oct. 2018 Many Dutch farmers, by contrast, cultivated cash crops for distant consumers. Dagomar Degroot, Washington Post, "Some places flourished in the Little Ice Age. There are lessons for us now.," 19 Feb. 2018 Hardest hit in the early rounds of the trade fight are likely to be U.S. exports of sport-utility vehicles as well as soybeans and other cash crops, and, on the Chinese side, exports of auto parts and medical instruments. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "In Tariff Fight With Trump, China Scraps Plan to Strike First," 4 July 2018 Until then, the soil needs to recover from seasons of chemicals left from the cash crops planted by a farmer who rented the land from Franciscan friars at the Shrine of St. Anthony. Yvonne Wenger, Washington Post, "Baltimore’s Franciscan Center to farm land in Howard County to help feed the city’s poor," 1 May 2018

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1868, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cash crop

: a crop (such as tobacco or cotton) that is grown to be sold rather than for use by the farmer

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