"...Ships cost three times what they once did because wages rise and tools grow dearer. We're at the start of an industrial age. Industry will eventually lower costs, but not yet." "And, the South is still agrarian." "It will always be agrarian"...
-- Eugenia Price, Savannah, 1983
It is not surprising, therefore, that President Washington, whose viewpoint was neither strictly agrarian nor entirely commercial and who strove to steer a middle course between the two, accepted the financial ideas of his gifted Secretary of the Treasury.
-- Samuel K. Padover, Jefferson, 1952
Agrarian entered English in the late 1500s. It finds it roots in the Latin term ager meaning "field."