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Agribusiness is a business that involves agricultural production. People all over the world make their living by raising livestock and large-scale crop production, but there are also ways you can make money with a small-scale agricultural operation. Here are some ideas for agribusiness opportunities that don’t need acres of space.

Raising Rabbits

You can raise rabbits for their meat, hides and urine (which is used as manure). Rabbit farming has great potential as a small agribusiness because it requires a relatively small capital investment. Rabbits reproduce quickly — many can start breeding from four months old — and they produce a healthy meat that is popular as a delicacy in many parts of the world.

Raising Poultry

There are many breeds of poultry to raise for eggs, meat and feathers. You can choose layers for eggs, broilers for meat, or certain breeds of rooster for the hackle feathers, which are in demand for fly-fishing lures. Broilers kept for meat mature very quickly compared to laying breeds. With proper feeding, vaccination and maintenance, you can make a decent income from the sale of poultry products.

Hydroponics

Hydroponics is a relatively new technology that grows plants without soil, using only water and nutrients. It is increasingly popular everywhere from developing countries to major urban centers, where space is at a premium and outdoor gardens are impractical. Popular crops include lettuce, chard, tomatoes, root vegetables and fruits, though out-of-season flowers are also profitable. The advantages of hydroponic production are that it requires little space and crops mature quickly.

Aquaculture

Aquaculture is the rearing of aquatic products such as fish, crustaceans and aquatic plants. Fish farming is the most common option, with tilapia and catfish the most popular. Another market is ornamental fish for aquariums in homes and offices. Aquatic animals are a good source of lean protein and will therefore always be in demand. And there is also the trend of combining aquaculture with hydroponics (aquaponics) as a way to expand your business opportunities.

These are just a few of the many agribusiness opportunities available for small-scale production. In addition to raising agricultural products, you can consider expanding into processing — making sausages from rabbit meat, for example, provides another earning opportunity. Picture yourself just doing it!

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It’s Cold Out, So Here Are The 10 Best Bath Ingredients Ever

Name one thing better than a hot, soothing bath in the winter. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

That’s right, you can’t! Hot baths are the best thing in the world, especially when you’ve been working hard and your skin is all dry and chapped from the winter air. And, if you don’t mind sacrificing a few bubbles, it’s incredibly easy to make your very own luxurious bath recipes at home.

Here are 10 items to keep in stock to throw into your next bath

Epsom salts: If your muscles are tense or sore, you must must must add some Epsom salts to your bath. You won’t regret it.

Baking soda: Baking soda soothes and detoxifies the skin. You probably have some in your cabinet already!

Oatmeal: You can use regular ground oats in your bathwater to soothe the skin. FOr extra impact, use colloidal oatmeal, which is great for beating itchy skin.

Honey: Honey is awesome for adding to most DIY beauty recipes — it benefits the skin, face and hair. It has antioxidants and it soothes and hydrates the skin.

Milk: That’s right, you can add regular ol’ milk to your bath. It gently exfoliates and softens the skin.

Oils: Gentle oils, like jojoba, will make your skin lovely and smooth. Essential oils like lavender are also useful for aromatherapy. You can tailor your oils to your own specific needs!

Dried herbs and tea: You can also just add certain dried plants to your bath. I t looks pretty, smells good and feels wonderful. Green tea tones the body, lavender calms and rose petals are moisturizing.

Alcohol: Wait, what?! Yes, apparently red wine and champagne are both useful bath ingredients. They’re full of antioxidants, so they reduce inflammation and prevent aging.

Bentonite clay: Bentonite clay is an ancient ingredient used to draw out toxins and other yuckiness from the skin. Add it to your bath if you’re looking to detox.

Ginger: Not only does ginger smell amazing, but it also helps treat itchy or irritated skin. If you’re not feeling well, adding some ginger to your bath will help clear you right up.

These ingredients are all affordable and easy to find. You can combine them any way you please, like your own personal bath witchery.


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