EIP-AGRI Workshop “Make innovation in agriculture. The experience of the EIP Operational Groups in Emilia-Romagna”

Last Wednesday, 11th April in Brussels Open Fields with the Bio2 project participated at the workshop “Make innovation in agriculture. The experience of the EIP Operational Groups in Emilia-Romagna”.
The Emilia-Romagna Region allocated 50 million euros for innovation: 93 Operational Groups were activated after the first two calls, with projects involving 250 different subjects. An exemplary application of the European Innovation Partnership in Emilia-Romagna.
In the Operational Groups created in Emilia-Romagna farmers, researchers, universities and companies collaborate for common challenges: production chains, climate change, new plant diseases, water efficiency, precision techniques, soil quality and organic matter, organic and peri-urban agriculture, animal welfare, antibiotic free, organic waste recovery and many other specific subjects. The aim of their collaboration in the Operational Groups is the improvement, through innovation, of the production and competitiveness of our companies and the income of farmers.

“The investment effort that makes Emilia-Romagna Region the European leader in innovation in agriculture and in the commitment to foster the dialogue between research and business is a model to follow – said Paolo De Castro, vice president of the Agriculture Commission at the European Parliament. The operational groups make possible an alliance between agriculture and research, and that is the key for a sustainable agriculture”.

On the website of the Emilia-Romagna region you can find the the press release on the role of operational groups in the promotion of innovation and dialogue between research and agri-food companies; a summary report of the main evidences of the “Innovation in Agriculture” seminar is available.

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A meeting with local entrepreneurs to enhance the small productions of hills and mountains

Open Fields conducts the feasibility analysis to understand which formulas of valorization, logistics and marketing could be suitable to enhance the production of the territory of the GAL.
Therefore, the meeting scheduled for Friday, April 6th at 9 am at the Stuard, will aim to talk with local companies  and collect interests and availability.
The director of the GAL will attend the event and together we will talk about the marketing of mountain products.
More information on the poster of the event.

Open Fields, Gal del Ducato consultant, will coordinate the workshop during the event “A montain of enterprises”

On March 16th, the event “A mountain of enterprises” will be held in Ferriere, for the promotion of  the Apennine territory through the spread of innovation in local companies and the creation of new entrepreneurship.

During the event, a workshop will be moderated by Open Fields and Università Cattolica as Gal del Ducato consultants and Confcooperative.

Here the schedule of the event.

Bio2 official trailer

Pills of the Bio2 project in the official trailer!

Soon the entire short film. All the videos and the aerial shots of the experimental fields are always available on our YouTube channel!

The Bio2 project describes itself during the meetings organized by GAL Prealpi e Dolomiti on the new call for the Operation Type 16: Innovating and cooperating in rural areas

The GAL Prealpi e Dolomiti, in collaboration with the National Rural Network, will organize three information sessions on the theme of innovation to illustrate the opportunities offered by the Operation Type 16 for the Operational Groups of the European Innovation Partnership – Productivity and Sustainability of Agriculture: innovation and cooperation in rural areas.

Open Fields, as invited speaker, will attend the meeting scheduled for 28th February 2018 with the theme “European Visibility and Dissemination of results”.

We will present the Bio2 project, report on the experience in the management of Operational Groups and share project objectives and strategies in order to underline the importance of disseminating the results gained with Bio2 project, in order to reach the maximum scientific and public impact, with the aim to increase the awareness of the results and making them accessible to all the EU institutions and companies that are facing similar themes.

Here the schedule of the meetings (Italian only).

EIP-AGRI Workshop “Innovation in the supply chain: creating value together”

Open Fields with Bio2 project participated to the EIP-AGRI Workshop “Innovation in the supply chain: creating value together” (Lyon, 6-7 February 2018).

The workshop focused on exploring successes, challenges and future collaboration through innovation in the supply chain. The objective of the workshop was to bring together the European Operational Groups that are dealing with questions on new supply chain and commercialization, to promote knowledge exchange, networking and cooperation.

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Tritordeum® presented at AISTEC conference “I cereali per un sistema agroalimentare di qualità”

At the AISTEC Conference “I cereali per un sistema agroalimentare di qualità”, prof. Giovanna Visioli, of Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, della Vita e della Sostenibilità Ambientale of the University of Parma and Dr. Marco Spaggiari, of Dipartimento di Scienze degli alimenti e del Farmaco of the University of Parma presented a poster on Tritordeum®. This is a new grain obtained from a natural cross between durum wheat and wild barley (Triticum turgidum var. durum  Desf. + Hordeum chilense Roem. & Schult.), originated about 40 years ago by a process similar to those that have been taking place for millennia in nature, but in this case it comes from man’s work (CSIC-IAS).

The analyses carried out on samples of Tritordeum®, common wheat and durum wheat conclude that “Tritordeum®, combining the nutritional quality of barley with the technological quality of durum wheat, can be considered a viable alternative to wheat for the production of pasta, bread and other products. It has good potential for use in organic farming, both with its original varieties (Aucan and Bulel) and with the new varieties currently being tested.”


To download the poster, please click below:



ASTER, in its role of “accelerator of the Innovation”, coordinates the Emilia – Romagna High Technology Network, to promote a model of skills development and to ensure a national supply of research that meets the needs of innovation of enterprises.

Roberto, in the video produced by ASTER, talks about Open Fields, our idea of Innovation and the meeting with the Emilia – Romagna High Technology Network through the SITEIA laboratory.