farm·​ing | \ ˈfär-miŋ How to pronounce farming (audio) \

Definition of farming

: the practice of agriculture or aquaculture

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Synonyms for farming


agriculture, husbandry

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Examples of farming in a Sentence

since an ancestor settled there in the 19th century, farming has been the only occupation for six generations of the family

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In the Welsh constituency of Brecon and Radnorshire, which is holding a by-election on August 1st, that means demonstrating farming credentials. The Economist, "The Brecon by-election is a test for Britain’s next prime minister," 19 July 2019 William Bartlett launched Sahuaro Ranch after the completion of the 44-mile Arizona Canal in 1885, which opened some 100,000 acres of desert for homesteading and farming. Mary Wakeford, azcentral, "Sahuaro Ranch boasts one of Glendale's earliest cool homes. Take a look," 18 July 2019 In Afghanistan, drought has devastated traditional farming areas, forcing millions of people to move or face starvation, while in Bangladesh, heavy monsoon flooding has marooned entire communities and cut-off vital roads. James Griffiths, CNN, "What happens when parts of South Asia become unlivable? The climate crisis is already displacing millions," 17 July 2019 In addition to the blooms, the site captured the feel of a working ranch with an original barn, wagon wheels and mining and farming equipment from the late 1800s. Tom Stienstra,, "Crush of tourists closes Daffodil Hill for keeps," 17 July 2019 Entire systems of knowledge (traditional farming), accumulated over millennia, are being jettisoned. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "A storyteller chronicles the mass migrations that define our age," 17 July 2019 The principal guidelines for organic production are to use materials and practices that enhance the ecological balance of natural systems and that integrate the parts of the farming system into an ecological whole. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "What Does "Organic" Actually Mean? Here's How to Decode the USDA Label, According to a Nutritionist," 15 July 2019 Sissy’s goal of becoming a zoology veterinarian and conservationist was fostered from her long association with 4-H as well as her farming childhood. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "23 students win $66K in Don Diego Foundation scholarships," 15 July 2019 The end of the war brought emancipation, but cotton production soon became dominated by sharecropping and tenant farming. William Thornton |,, "Cotton, once king in Alabama, still rules on these family farms," 14 July 2019

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First Known Use of farming

1659, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of farming was in 1659

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English Language Learners Definition of farming

: the job or business of running a farm


farm·​ing | \ ˈfär-miŋ\

Kids Definition of farming

: the occupation or business of running a farm

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