Starting a Small Agricultural Business 

Ideas for Starting a Small Agricultural Business 

Agriculture remains one of the most important industries in the world. The demand for fresh and organic produce has never been greater as the population considers not only the environmental aspects of producing food but also the health benefits eating a balanced diet brings. This aspect has brought the agricultural industry into a new light and is one of the most valued sectors for the production of homegrown crops and exported produce. Farming and agricultural activity doesn’t have to be carried out on a grand scale to benefit people and the local community. Smallholdings are often ideal for smaller or niche markets but can still reach the neighboring towns and cities with the help of logistics.

If you’re considering starting an agricultural business or looking at helping to produce food for local communities, there is a host of options available to start making money from this rewarding yet lucrative business sector. Some agricultural ideas are also easier to start up, as whatever investment you can put in determines how much food you can produce. Starting simply with seeds or chickens plus equipment such as a trailer and trailer parts can get you off the ground to bring your idea to life.

Take a look at some of the most popular ideas to cultivate produce however small your vegetable patch is.

Vegetable growing

The need for organic and freshly produced vegetables has risen dramatically in the last few years so creating a business idea around this can work for people that have both small parcels of land and larger farmsteads. Dependent on the land size, you can grow a variety of crops and include some specialized harvests to take advantage of food niches.

Herb growing

Herbs are another favorite for people looking to add flavor and specialty ingredients to their recipes. Growing herbs are ideal if you want to start small as they don’t take up a lot of space and can easily be grown in a home environment.

Animal farming

Meat and poultry farming is big business, and if you have the space to do this, then it may be a viable business option. Supplying animals to food production companies or taking them to market is a great way to sell this type of produce.

Nursery business

Starting your own nursery is great if you love cultivating plants to sell to other people. This type of business is ideal for helping national and local communities grow their own foods and help make their garden beautiful with plants and shrubs.

Beekeeping

Beekeeping is a versatile and rewarding business venture. There are so many avenues in which organically produced honey can be turned into a variety of products. Aside from the obvious foodstuff, honey is used in a variety of different sectors such as skincare, beauty products, and medicines to name a few.

Agricultural is a rewarding and interesting sector to start a business, and the range of options you have offers you the chance to explore lucrative niches with ease.

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Apple Campus The Space Ship Headquarters

Apple Campus 2, Lord of the ‘Rings’ Building

The Parliament House of India in New Delhi, the Vulcano Buono shopping mall in Nola, Italy and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham are some of the massive ring-shaped buildings in the world. Come next year, they will be dwarfed by the colossal Apple Campus 2, the second corporate headquarters of the iPhone maker in Cupertino, California. Any one of the Parliament House, Vulcano Buono and GCHQ would fit inside the 176-acre Apple Campus 2 making the latter the rightful lord of the “ring” buildings.

The Building of Apple Campus

When contractor Rudolph and Sletten & Holder Construction completes Apple Campus 2 next year, the circular building will have a floor area of 2.8 million square feet. In contrast, Vulcano Buono’s floor area is 1.6 million sq. ft., GCHQ’s is 1.5 million sq. ft., and the Parliament House’s is 261,358 sq. ft. Apple Campus 2 is also more than a mile around while the Italian mall and GCHQ are just one-third of a mile around. Apple Campus 2 will house some 13,000 employees. In contrast, around 5,500 people work at the GCHQ. In terms of cost, the Apple project is projected to cost $5 billion. The British government spent £337 to complete the GCHQ in 2003 while the Vulcano Buono cost €180 million to complete in 2007.

Apple Goes Green

Apple Campus 2 will also be as green as Vulcano Buono and greener than GCHQ and the Parliament House. British firm Foster+Partners, the architects, put glass walls in the four-storey structure so occupants can look out on both sides. Within the ring is a large outdoor park with a fountain and stage in the center. Some 7,000 trees will surround the structure. Electricity will not come from the city’s power grid. The roof will be covered with solar panels to produce electricity that will power the building. The main building will have natural ventilation so air conditioning or heating will not be used for 75 percent of the year. Recycled water will be used in the campus and even be shared with Cupertino residents.

Healthy Work Environment of the Future

Adding to the healthy working environment of Apple Campus 2 are some 1,000 bikes for use by employees in getting around the place, miles of jogging and cycling trails, and a fitness center open to all of Apple’s 20,000 workers in Silicon Valley. The other amenities are a 500-table cafeteria eight times larger than the one in the Infinite Loop campus, underground parking facilities for up to 14,200 cars, and a 1,000-seat underground auditorium for product launching.

London Square not the Design that Steve Jobs Wanted

Oddly, Apple Campus 2 was originally planned as a square building with the design inspired by a London square with houses that surround a park, Forster+Partners founder and chairman Norman Foster told Architectural Record. But the design eventually evolved into a circular building with inputs from Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs.

“Jobs wanted the new campus to reflect the Californian landscapes from his childhood,” according to Foster.

The environment and workforce are not the only winners in the Apple project. Cupertino folks get to benefit from the $30.6 million in revenue the project is bringing to the City Council. With that, the city can now fund its retirees’ medical needs.

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