Defining Agriculture

Since agriculture is the focus of this blog, I think it’s important to know how it’s defined.

The Merriam Webster online dictionary defines Agriculture as “the science, art, or practice of cultivating the soil, producing crops, and raising livestock and in varying degrees the preparation and marketing of the resulting products.” 

The Webster definition seems pretty cut and dry, right? Well, check out the Department of Agriculture’s definition.

It’s pretty confusing to navigate if you don’t know which agriculture you are looking for. There is no one definition for just agriculture on the site I could find.

On the social media sites Facebook and Twitter, I asked people what their definition of agriculture was. Here were some of the replies I received.

“The management of livestock and crops for human sustainability.”

“Agriculture is an industry that has the power to effect everything in the world. Its diversity effects more than most people realize.” 

“Agriculture gets a bad reputation even though it’s full of people that have nothing but drive, do nothing but strive, work hard everyday, and will do anything to help another person even when the markets down and we truly need help ourselves but are to proud to ask. Agriculture is the same as greatness…just a few letters longer.” 


“Here’s the Wikipedia definition-Agriculture (also called farming or husbandry) is the cultivation of animals, plants, fungi and other life forms for food, fiber, and other products used to sustain life. Pretty spot on I’d say.” 

I even You Tubed agriculture. Here are some of the results:

Excerpt from the PBS Documentary “Farm Boy”

BASF “One Hungry Planet.”

Agriculture is defined as you define it.That’s what makes agriculture such an interesting industry to be involved in.

So…I want to know for this blog: How do YOU define agriculture?


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