FederBio Servizi at SANA 2017

We spread the Press Release on the presentation of FederBio Servizi to SANA 2017.

The event was the opportunity for FederBio Servizi’s members to present the services offered by the company through a staff of agronomists, experts and consultants.
The Press Release also reports the visit of the Minister of Agricultural Food and Forestry Policies Maurizio Martina, to FederBio stand.
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Below the speakers’ presentations (in italian only):

Federbio presents Federbio Servizi at SANA, the International Exhibition of Organic and Natural Products

Today, Friday 8th of September, FederBio Servizi will be presented at SANA, the International Exhibition of Organic and Natural Products.

FederBio Servizi is the new consulting company created by the Federation of Italian Biological and Biodynamic Agriculture (FederBio) to support the organic chain operators.

FederBio Servizi, thanks to an associated group of agronomists, experts of the organic agri-food system and consultants, including Open Fields, assists start-ups and organic chain operators in the development of new markets, in the design and implementation of research and development projects and in the transfer of the most innovative techniques in the organic and biodynamic agri-food sector. Moreover, the company provides assistance to the Public Administration in the development of organic and biodynamic policies.

Open Fields with Roberto Ranieri will participate at the event, and will discuss on how to “Build solid bases for an organic agro-industrial chain”.

Here you can find the schedule of the event.

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.


Biological control of bacterial diseases of kiwifruit plants

An interesting paper by scientists from Tuscia University and Ferrara University was lately published on “Journal of Plant Disease and Protection” (A. Rossetti et al., 2017).

The paper, titled “Microparticles containing gallic and ellagic acids for the biological control of bacterial diseases of kiwifruit plants” studied new biological methods to control bacterial pathogens of kiwifruit.

Precision Farming and Sustainability

On December 7th, at the Auditorium of University of Parma, there will be held a meeting dedicated to precision farming and to the successful experiences in the academic community, in public and private sectors. Roberto Ranieri will talk about the needs of the agro-food business related to the precision farming.

You can read the conference schedule here (in Italian only): programma 7 dic 16