non·​ag·​ri·​cul·​tur·​al ˌnän-ˌa-gri-ˈkəl-ch(ə-)rəl How to pronounce nonagricultural (audio)
: not agricultural: such as
: not of, relating to, or used in farming and agriculture
nonagricultural products/land
: not engaged in or concerned with farming or agriculture
nonagricultural workers

Examples of nonagricultural in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This expansion indicates both a growth in demand for agricultural seasonal workers and a policy decision to expand the number of nonagricultural seasonal visas. Andrew Selee, Foreign Affairs, 9 Aug. 2023 The state routinely leads the nation in demand for H-2B visas, the nonagricultural arm of the visa program, that allows employers to hire temporary workers for work such as construction, landscaping and hospitality. Arcelia Martin, Dallas News, 9 July 2023 In the short term, expanding the number of H-1B visas for skilled professionals and H-2B visas for seasonal nonagricultural workers would help employers overcome this acute labor shortage. Gordon H. Hanson, Foreign Affairs, 19 Dec. 2022 Switchgrass and Miscanthus grasses grown specifically for ethanol production on nonagricultural lands are also expected to add significant amounts of biomass for ethanol production in coming years. Eric Jarvis, IEEE Spectrum, 29 Oct. 2010 According to federal investigators, one of restaurants' owners also hired a child who was 13 years old at the time of employment — one year younger than the legal age for employment in restaurants and other nonagricultural jobs. Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 31 May 2023 Business groups and immigrant advocates have proposed several incremental changes to immigration policy, such as a new visa category for nonagricultural workers without college degrees — like cooks and cashiers — and a bill that would put farmworkers on a path to citizenship. Lydia Depillis, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2023 The Department of Homeland Security said the U.S. would approve an additional 22,000 H2-B seasonal, nonagricultural worker visas on top of the annual limit of 66,000 set by Congress. Ben Fox,, 20 Apr. 2021 There will be few exclusions, Trump said, when asked about upcoming rules on several visa categories, including the H-1B program for highly skilled workers, the L-1 program for managers transferring within their companies, and H-2B visas for nonagricultural temporary workers. Bloomberg News,, 21 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonagricultural was in 1835

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“Nonagricultural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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