Visits to the experimental fields of the QualitàInBio project

On June 3rd and 6th, the experimental fields of the Innovation project QualitàInBio will be shown to all interested people.

Monday, June 3rd the event will be held at Azienda Agricola Cà del Bosco (Ravenna, RA) while on Thursday, 6th June the visit will take place at Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard (Parma, PR).

The aim of the project is to improve the technological quality of durum and bread wheat varieties cultivated in plains under organic farming to meet the requirements of the secondary processing industry. The objective is set in a context of a progressive shift from conventional farming to organic and an extension of the organic cropping areas from the mountain/hill to the plains; to enhance cereal biodiversity by identifying effective selling propositions based on their nutritional and health value.

If you wish to participate please register here:



More details in the schedule of the events.

Bio2 Final Conference

Next Tuesday 8th January 2019, the final conference of the Bio2 project will be held at the Congress centre of the University Campus of Parma.

The aim of the project was to increase the competitiveness of mountain and high hill farms through the valorisation of cereal Biodiversity in organic farming.

After an introduction on the project, the partners  of the project will present the results obtained during the years of experimentation.
Presentations by Alessandra Sommovigo (CREA), Giovanni Dinelli (University of Bologna), Giuseppe Desantis (Rete Semi Rurali) and Marianna Guareschi (University of Parma) will allow to deepen some issues related to legislative innovations regarding seed certifications, organic farming and its valorisation and the new cereal value chains in Europe.
The presentations will introduce the Round Table discussion between Roberto Ranieri (Open Fields, moderator), the Regional Minister for Agriculture, Hunting and Fishing Simona Caselli, Silvio Grassi (Molino Grassi) and the farmers partners of the project.

Here the schedule of the event and the link for registration.

Final workshop SOiLUTION

The final workshop of the EIP-AGRI project “Solutions to reduce soil erosion in hilly and mountain areas maintaining and enhancing agricultural activities – SOiLUTION”, was held in Piacenza 12 October 2018.

The SOiLUTION project aimed to reduce soil erosion in hilly and mountain areas through the introduction of conservation agriculture technique based on improved crop rotation, use of cover crops and minimum tillage systems.

During the workshop the partners explained the activities carried out within the project and Francesca Staffilani and Giampaolo Sarno from “Regione Emilia Romagna” illustrated the regional measures to reduce soil erosion.

Find the presentation given, brochure and roll-up (only in Italian) here

Bio2 will participate at the Organic and Local product Festival

Next Sunday 27th May, the Organic and Local Product Festival will be held at Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard. The event, organized by FederBio in collaboration with Stuard, is dedicated to the presentation of the most relevant realities of our territory both as certified organic producers, and for those that represent innovation and speciality in the agri-food sector.

The event will start at 9.00 am; for the entire day the market of producers will be set up, enriched with dissemination activities and conferences dedicated to the highlight of the benefits of the organic farming and the promotion of organic and local producers.

As described in the schedule, the Bio2 project will be presented and the official video of the project will be shown to all the participants.

The lunch will be made by the producers themselves and the bread made with the flour of the Bio2 project will be distributed for the creation of the picnic.

We look forward to seeing you all!

EIP-AGRI Workshop “Organic is Operational: linking EIP-AGRI Operational Groups in organic farming”

Bio2 participated to the EIP-AGRI Workshop “Organic is Operational: linking EIP-AGRI Operational Groups in organic farming” (Hamburg 13-15 june 2017. The workshop was an opportunity to present the     project at EU level, to get to know the work of other Operational Groups and to establish contacts.

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Visits to Bio2 experimental fields

On June 12th, the experimental fields of the Innovation project BIO2, have been shown to all interested people. The visits took place at Bismantova (Castelnovo Monti, RE) and Angus (Compiano, PR) farms.

In the morning, at Bismantova farm, Senator Leana Pignedoli, Prof. Salvatore Ceccarelli, Dr. Silvio Grassi and The Regional Minister for Agriculture, Hunting and Fishing Simona Caselli participated with their introductions.

Open Fields introduced the project mission and activities. Then, agronomists of the Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard guided visitors through the experimental fields. The Triticum ancient species and historical varieties sown in purity and mixes have been described.

For more details, photos and documents, click on this link.

Open Fields at the conference “The Agri-Food System in Emilia Romagna – Presentation of the 2016 Report” and the panel discussion “Towards the new common Agricultural Policy”

Open Fields participated at  the conference “The Agri-Food System in Emilia Romagna – Presentation of the 2016 Report” and the panel discussion “Towards the new common Agricultural Policy”, which was held on the 6th of June in Bologna. The Report annually allows to point out and discuss the agricultural situation of Emilia – Romagna region. Roberto Ranieri as invited speaker, reported on Open Fields’ experience in the management of Operational Groups.

Here the schedule of the event and below the speakers’ presentations:

Presentation of 2016 Report, Roberto Fanfani (Università di Bologna);

CAP and the support to demand, Filippo Arfini (Università degli Studi di Parma);

– Support to internationalization, Guido Caselli (Unioncamere Emilia-Romagna);

E-commerce prospects, Roberto Ferretti (KPMG Advisory);

E-commerce of fresh product, Claudio Mazzini (Coop Italia);

CAP support to innovation, Roberto Ranieri (Open Fields).


“Innovation and knowledge in rural development: how far are we?”, Bari 17 may 2017

Today a conference was held in Bari at the end of the Contest “Ideas for innovation in South Italian agriculture” promoted by MIPAAF within the National Rural Network 2014-2020 selecting the most useful ideas to solve emerging problems of southern agriculture.

The conference has offered the opportunity to discuss the actions of Rural Development Programs and MIPAAF in Europe and Italy, supporting the dissemination of knowledge with particular reference to the European Innovation Partnership “Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability” (EIP-AGRI).

Participants had the opportunity to discuss the advantages and drawbacks related to the organization of Operational Groups for the development and dissemination of innovative solutions in rural areas. Roberto Ranieri, as invited speaker, reported Open Fields’ experience in the organization and management of Operational Groups in Emilia Romagna.

You may find the program here.


SOiLUTION and conservation agriculture


The kick off meeting of SOiLUTION was held on September 5th, 2016, at Open Fields offices in Collecchio (PR). Partners of the project are the Department of Sustainable Crop Production of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Consorzio Futuro In Ricerca, Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard S.c.r.l, Azienda Sperimentale Vittorio Tadini, Agriform and three farms from Parma and Piacenza provinces.

The SOiLUTION Plan aims to develop the best conservative cropping system in marginal rural areas to reduce the erosion and the consequent decrease of fertility.

The objectives of the project­­ are the identification and dissemination of competitive agro-systems, more sustainable and cost-effective than the conventional ones for the farms and the operators in marginal areas, through the reduction of the erosion, the increased soil fertility, the adoption of innovative technological tools.

Visit the project website