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

Definition of farming

: the practice of agriculture or aquaculture

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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
Recent Examples on the Web It can be attained by promoting sustainable farming, facilitating market access and leveling the financial and regulatory playing field for smaller, sustainable farmers relative to large intensive farmers. Nicoletta Batini, CNN, "4 steps we must take to fix the world's broken food system," 31 July 2020 The personalized presentation lasts about 30 minutes and includes a bespoke tour, winemaking philosophy and biodynamic farming practices. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Are you missing vineyard visits during quarantine? Try a virtual wine tasting," 1 July 2020 The Museum of Moses sits in very small, very quiet Vogel Center, a farming community about 20 miles southeast of Cadillac, a place so rural that cellphones don’t work here. John Carlisle,, "Unusual Up North museum to close next month — and everything is for sale," 1 July 2020 Willo, an indoor vertical farming startup out of San Jose, recently unveiled a direct-to-consumer delivery program for people living within 20 miles of Santa Clara. Justin Phillips,, "Salad robots, smoothie robots and vertical farms: Bay Area food automation goes from niche to necessity during pandemic," 16 June 2020 Conventional farming practices have degraded it, and erosion has shorn away much of it. David R. Montgomery, The Conversation, "It’s time to rethink the disrupted US food system from the ground up," 5 June 2020 Muongkhot, who is seventy-one, is the youngest of ten children born in a farming village in Laos, and one of two brothers who came to the United States. Lauren Hilgers, The New Yorker, "How Two Waves of Coronavirus Cases Swept Through the Texas Panhandle," 10 July 2020 Compounded by a multi-year trade war between the United States and China that has brought on a drop in agricultural exports to China, recent farming seasons have been even more financially tight for Midwest farmers. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "After trade wars and flooding, farmers hoped for a break in 2020. Then the pandemic came.," 6 July 2020 One group of young farmers has a captive audience for their farming fashion shows on TikTok and Kuaishou, another livestreaming app. TheWeek, "Farmers in China turn to TikTok to sell produce," 27 June 2020

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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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3 Aug 2020

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“Farming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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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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