agribusiness

agribusiness

[ag-ruh-biz-nis]
noun
the businesses collectively associated with the production, processing, and distribution of agricultural products.


Origin:
1950–55; Americanism; agri- + business

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agribusiness (ˈæɡrɪˌbɪznɪs)
 
n
the various businesses collectively that process, distribute, and support farm products
 
[C20: from agri(culture) + business]

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agribusiness
1955, compound formed from agriculture + business.
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agribusiness definition


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

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