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.

Open Fields sponsor of “Parma Territorio d’Acque”, a cultural project in the framework of Parma Italy’s Capital of Culture 2020

The “Parma Territorio d’Acque” project, writted by ArcheoVea Impresa Culturale and by Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard and approved with DD-2019-1133 of 30/04/2019, will be included in the schedule of PARMA ITALY’S CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2020 events, with the aim to create a tourist and cultural infrastructure dedicated to the theme of water, in order to sensitize towards the issues of preserving and optimizing water resources, to promote scholastic dissemination and to promote the Parma agrifood value chains.

The partnership and development of the project allow to bring together public and private institutions linked by the interest in the valorization of water, starting from Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard, a rediscovery and preservation centre of local food culture, as well as an experimental, technical and scientific laboratory, working in the agricultural field for the promotion of local value chains.

The events will take place from the iconic place of the project, the Vasca Votiva di Noceto (PR), whose museum will open in autumn 2019. From this ancient place dating back to the Bronze Age, three cultural paths will depart, which will promote the organization of many events, such as guided tours, technical irrigation demonstrations and tasting experiences of historical local food products.

  • Path one: water and cults. Places involved: Museo della Vasca Votiva, Fontanili, Acque “salse” di Salsomaggiore, Ponte romano di Parma.
  • Path two: water, typical food products and innovation.Places involved: Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard, Museo della Vasca Votiva, Mulini per la produzione di farina, Museo del Parmigiano Reggiano di Soragna, Abbazia di Fontevivo.
  • Path three: water, galleries, aqueducts, and medieval canals. Places involved: Alcuni dei luoghi coinvolti: Museo della Vasca Votiva, Gallerie Filtranti di Marano, Impianti, canali, chiuse e pozzi del Consorzio di Bonifica Parmense

Moreover, the cooperation between the partners will allow the opening of other places full of charm which will be announced in the incoming months.

The offer in the field of teaching is very wide, thanks to the collaboration of the University of Parma (DUSIC department), the participation of local educational organization and institutions.

The events will be promoted by ExploringParma website and by the publication of two informative articles.

Open Fields partner of “The Paper Mill” project

We are proud to be partner of “The Paper Mill” project, the new disciplinary of the Mulino Bianco brand (Barilla Group) in force starting from 2018 sowing – 2019 harvesting.

For two years we have been worked side by side with Barilla Group, WWF, RINA, the University of Bologna, the University of Tuscia, Farmers, Stockers and Mills to the definition of the criteria for a more sustainable agriculture, with which Mulino Bianco produces quality, supports farmers’ activities and promotes biodiversity by protecting pollinating insects.

As technical partners, we developed a software useful to trace the wheat and enhance communication between the wheat value chain actors.

The 10 rules of “The Paper Mill” may undergo changes from year to year, in a path of continuous improvement towards sustainability.

Ranieri at Omsk for a siberian-quality durum wheat value chain development

In February, 2019 Ranieri participated as invited speaker at an important Conference held at Omsk, Russia, where He brought his experience in the development of quality durum wheat value chains.
The conference was a great opportunity to discuss the strategies for a quality durum wheat value chain development in Siberia.

Look at the video of the Conference uploaded on our YouTube Channel!

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.

The Agrifood Cluster of the Emilia-Romagna region. Roberto’s point of view in the new video produced by Aster

The Emilia – Romagna High Technology Network is a system of excellence that meets the needs of innovation of enterprises. It is a dynamic reality that follows the latest trends in innovation and embraces a broader concept of community: the Agrifood Clust-ER, an association of public and private organisations, companies, research centres and training institutions that share skills, ideas and resources to support the competitiveness of the sector.

Roberto, in the new video produced by ASTER, talks about  the Emilia – Romagna High Technology Network.

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

FSTPIII: Scientific Program, Press Release and Presentations

Available in the “Documents” session of our website the Scientific Program, Press Release and Presentations held at “ From Seed to Pasta III – A Sustainable Durum Wheat Chain For Food Security And Healthy Lives” (Bologna, 19 -21 September 2018), within the “Innovation in the durum wheat-pasta chain” session 7 and round table moderated by Roberto Ranieri.