Very interesting article about special hubs as agricultural aggregators.
It recalls my old article about the Super Kholkoz http://www.sovecomo.ru/post/2021/02/11/SUPERKOLKHOZHOWRUSSIACOULDBETTERMANAGEITSAGRICULTURALTREASURES and the model for agricultural organization and optimization.
The concept called for special regional hubs/aggregators - I called it Super Kholkoz as the article was related to Russia – to be created which provide farmers for storage, processing, logistics, marketing and many other services to add value to agricultural production from farmers. This helps farmers concentrate on the core business activity of growing crops and raising cattle in which they excel.
For agriculture this should be the preferred business architecture, with local aggregators producing value from raw agricultural output and distributing profits to members of the hub depending on input. I personally know of many such successful ventures, and prefer it to a system where small farmers become raw resources suppliers to large agro industry players.