agriculture

The science or art of cultivating the soil and its fruits, especially in large areas or fields, and the rearing, feeding, and management of livestock thereon, including every process and step necessary and incident to the completion of products there from for consumption or market and the incidental turning of them to account. It is broader in meaning than "farming," since it includes activities deemed extraneous to farming, such as viticulture, dairying, poultry, bee raising, and ranching. 3 Am 32d Agri § 1; 58 Am J1st Workm Comp § 97. The word refers to the field, or farm, with all its wants, appointments, and products, as horticulture refers to the garden with its less important, though varied, products. Slycord v Horn, 179 Iowa 936, 162 NW 249, 7 ALR 1285, 1290. For some pur poses, however, the word "agriculture" includes horticulture, as well as forestry, and the use of land for any purpose of husbandry, inclusive of the keeping and breeding of livestock, poultry or bees, and the growing of fruit or vegetables. 58 Am J1st Workm Comp § 97.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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