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 Sustainable farming is good for farmers' bottom lines and ensuring the land's viability for future generations. Jane Greenway Carr, CNN, 11 July 2021 My wife will tell you organic vegetable farming is not possible without animal inputs. Ian Knauer, WSJ, 9 July 2021 Organic farming and sustainability are important issues for Riku. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 7 July 2021 Before Los Angeles Aqueduct water drenched the San Fernando Valley, in 1913, dry wheat farming was so bountiful that L.A. wheat was sold as far away as China. Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2021 For example, chinchilla farming was a national fad during the 1940s and early 1950s. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 7 June 2021 In addition to removing all water-control structures obstructing the property’s watercourses, the effort encompassed planting hundreds of native trees and shrubs to help return the land from its industrial farming use to a natural state., 8 July 2021 Just a few miles away on either side are two large Jewish farming settlements. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said concerns about Bishop have been building for some time over the agency's decision to join a Michigan lawsuit related to taconite mining, new farming regulations and stricter emissions standards for cars. Briana Bierschbach, Star Tribune, 7 July 2021

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First Known Use of farming

1642, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of farming was in 1642

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23 Jul 2021

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“Farming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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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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