• WordNet 3.6
    • n agriculture the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock
    • n agriculture a large-scale farming enterprise
    • n agriculture the class of people engaged in growing food
    • n Agriculture the federal department that administers programs that provide services to farmers (including research and soil conservation and efforts to stabilize the farming economy); created in 1862
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Additional illustrations & photos:

England and Wales, Vegetation and Agriculture England and Wales, Vegetation and Agriculture
A man, made poor by agricultural distress, selling something to a happy money lender in order to pay his rent A man, made poor by agricultural distress, selling something to a happy money lender in order to pay his rent

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1888, an Egyptian peasant discovered an estimated three hundred thousand mummified cats in Beni Hassan, Egypt. Of the cats that were not stolen once, the find was made public, the remaining mummified cats were shipped to Great Britain to be used as agricultural fertilizer
    • n Agriculture The art or science of cultivating the ground, including the harvesting of crops, and the rearing and management of live stock; tillage; husbandry; farming.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The citrus industry started in the United States in 1873 when two Riverside, CA ranchers obtained some orange saplings from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Two years earlier, the government had secured a dozen saplings from Brazil.
    • n agriculture The cultivation of the ground; especially, cultivation with the plow and in large areas in order to raise food for man and beast; husbandry; tillage; farming. Theoretical agriculture, or the theory of agriculture, is a science comprehending in its scope the nature and properties of soils, the different sorts of plants and seeds fitted for them, the composition and qualities of manures, and the rotation of crops, and involving a knowledge of chemistry, geology, and kindred sciences. Practical agriculture, or husbandry, is an art comprehending all the labors of the field and of the farmyard, such as preparing the land for the reception of the seed or plants, sowing and planting, rearing and gathering the crops, care of fruit-trees and domestic animals, disposition of products, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The strawberry is the only agricultural product that bears its seeds on the outside.
    • n Agriculture ag′ri-kult-ūr the art or practice of cultivating the land
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  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “For of all gainful professions, nothing is better, nothing more pleasing, nothing more delightful, nothing better becomes a well-bred man than agriculture.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. agricultura,; ager, field + cultura, cultivation: cf. F. agriculture,. See Acre and Culture
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. agriculturaager, a field, cultura, cultivation. See Culture.


In literature:

This is true also of Agricultural Colleges and of Technical Institutes such as Drexel and Pratt.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
The third type in American agriculture is the exploiter.
"The Evolution of the Country Community" by Warren H. Wilson
The beginnings of agriculture were very meagre.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
The necessity of larger quantities of food for men and beasts leads to field agriculture.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
To this period belongs also the first attempts at special instruction in agriculture and the beginning of an agricultural press.
"History of Farming in Ontario" by C. C. James
But raised as food, it is one of the most profitable agricultural products.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
Agriculture is the foremost and basic industry of the institution.
"Twenty-Five Years in the Black Belt" by William James Edwards
Why is this power of water important in agriculture?
"The Elements of Agriculture" by George E. Waring
Agriculture shapes its products and moves them to places of storage.
"Essentials of Economic Theory" by John Bates Clark
Next in importance is agriculture, especially fruit-growing.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various

In poetry:

All in vain ’gainst him, the vulture,
I have battled without rest—
In the van of agriculture,
Marching out into the West.
"Beaten Back" by Henry Lawson
Agriculture embraced Industry,
Mammothly, on public walls.
Meanwhile we camped out underneath
Great smiles on billboards fading.
"Extraits" by Donald Justice
But the "breeding" is in bullocks that they prize upon Toolangi.
Where the forelock-touching habit hasn't grown to any size.
And he found, as on he plodded, and the natives curtly nodded,
That their "culture's" agriculture at Toolangi on the rise.
"Toolangi" by C J Dennis

In news:

From dealing with drought to beekeeping, the Southwest Research Center Field Day will showcase a breadth of agricultural research and practice Friday, Sept 14, from 9 am to 1 p.m.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Western United States Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA), hosted ten Mexican and Central American buyers Sept 26-28, first in the San Luis Valley and then in Denver.
He was Secretary of Agriculture in the Clinton Administration.
The Animal Agriculture Alliance will host its seventh industry-wide Stakeholders Summit.
The Animal Agriculture Alliance will host its seventh industry-wide Stakeholders Summit April 8 – 9, 2008 at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, VA.
Just three weeks into his new job, US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joins us Monday to talk farm, food, and forests and take your questions.
The path forward for biopesticides has been a long and difficult one in agriculture.
The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) has joined others in the ag industry to voice concerns about pending legislation affect on your retail facilities.
The new video from Arcata reggae bros Woven Roots is all about representin' da Humboldt values: sustainable agriculture, a locavore diet and respect for women.
State agricultural officials have enacted an emergency rule aimed at preventing a group from building chicken houses on a flood plain.
They're currently allowed in agricultural but not.
The Department of Agriculture is issuing a recall in New York State for Wegman's Chunky Chicken Corn Chowder and America's Choice Chicken Corn Chowder Chunky.
Oct 5, 2012 William D. Jones, Agricultural Consultant, Certified Crop Advisor, Oakhurst, Calif. What is in this article.
They will see a return on that investment when Census results are released Feb 4 by the US Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service.
DENVER – Discussion on the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) proposed rule on livestock and poultry marketing has created controversy in the agricultural industry.

In science:

Paul Siebert , Paddy Schofield “ Extracting the three-dimensional shape of live pigs using stereo photogrammetry ”, Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 44, (2004) 203222.
Stereography using a single lens
Randomization was first introduced by Fisher in 1935 [see Fisher (1971)] and was motivated by experimental design problems in agriculture.
Multi-center clinical trials: Randomization and ancillary statistics
Positive selection has presumably occurred because the ability to process lactase throughout life became advantageous with the invention of animal agriculture approximately 10,000 years ago.
The transmission sense of information
Random fields play an important role in geostatistics, which deals with problems stretching from the resource evaluation such as the estimation of ore resources in mining and oil deposits in oil exploration, pollution evaluation in environmental sciences, to hydrology, meteorology, agriculture, etc. [1, 2, 3].
Generalized Whittle-Mat$\acute{\text{E}}$rn random field as a model of correlated fluctuations
Two amendments to H.R. 5990, a bill which set agricultural price controls.
Partition Decomposition for Roll Call Data