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or ag·ro·busi·ness

  1. the businesses collectively associated with the production, processing, and distribution of agricultural products.
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Origin of agribusiness

An Americanism dating back to 1950–55; agri- + business
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British Dictionary definitions for agribusiness


  1. the various businesses collectively that process, distribute, and support farm products
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Word Origin

C20: from agri (culture) + business
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Word Origin and History for agribusiness


1955, compound formed from agriculture + business.

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agribusiness in Culture


The part of the economy devoted to the production, processing, and distribution of food, including the financial institutions that fund these activities.

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Agribusiness emphasizes agriculture as a big business rather than as the work of small family farms.
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