First cycle degree in

Organic crop management

Class: L-P02 -

Class L-P02 -
Duration 3 years
Branch Legnaro
Language Italian
Tuition fees and scholarships
Access Restricted

This degree course aims to train technical-oriented professionals, capable of responding to the diverse needs of the organic vegetable production, a sector in rapid growth also in Italy. In order to work in this field, scientific knowledge and continuous innovation are required and this course trains people who eill be able to introduce the necessary technical innovations to farms that deal with this type of production. The professional orientation that characterises the training course provides for integration with laboratory activities of various kinds (second year) as well as an internship year (the third) to be carried out entirely at important companies active in the field of organic production.

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Characteristics and objectives
Organic Crops Management is a professional degree aimed to train a qualified technical figure able to advice and/or support in the agronomic management of production and bureaucratic requirements coming from organic farmers. Organic vegetable crops insist generally in small and medium-sized farms whose entrepreneurs, in order to remain competitive, must be able to apply innovations in agronomic techniques and product valorization as well as to respond to changes in the regulatory requirements governing the organic sector.
To achieve these objectives, a three-year educational training (180CFU) has been developed.
In the first year, agricultural chemistry and plant biology notions will be provided to ensure students a common and solid base. Following, the cultivation of horticultural and extensive vegetable organic crops, together with the defense against pests, soil fertility management, and the juridical-economic disciplines (legislation and certification of organic productions) will be faced. The second-year is almost entirely devoted to laboratory activities which include both frontal lessons and extensive individual work. The aim of laboratory activities is the improvement of student skills for solving technical, managerial, and market problems occurring in organic farms. This competence will be, later on, reinforced in the internship period.
The third year is devoted, coherently with the ministerial objectives, to training activity at companies /bodies operating in the organic sector. The agreement signed with the
Regional Federation of Graduated Agrotechnical and Agrotechnical Experts of Veneto and the Provincial College of Agricultural Experts and Graduated Agricultural Experts will guarantee the placement of trainees in companies, professional agronomist consulting service, cooperatives, etc. where, on the basis of a specific training program, the acquired knowledge will be deepened.

Occupational opportunities
Graduates can spend their professional skills in the following areas of work:
- organic farms already operating or in conversion,
- Seed companies specialized in the selection of varieties suitable for organic agriculture
- companies processing and marketing of organic products
- companies for the production of organisms useful in biological control
- agricultural producers' cooperatives
- trade associations
- certification bodies
- Retail buyers
- Technical advisers
- Free entrepreneur in the organic sector

From Bachelors degree to Masters degree
The course does not provide the admission to the Master's degree