First cycle degree in

Organic crop management

Class: L-P02 -

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

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Training

I Year BASIC BIOLOGY OF VEGETABLE CROPS [CFU 8] FUNDAMENTALS OF GENERAL AND AGRICULTURAL CHEMISTRY [CFU 6] ORGANIC FARM MANAGEMENT [CFU 5] LEGISLATION AND CERTIFICATION OF ORGANIC PRODUCTIONS [CFU 5] PROACTIVE WEED MANAGEMENT [CFU 3] ORGANIC AGRONOMY [CFU 5] ORGANIC CULTIVATION OF HERBACEOUS CROPS [CFU 5] ORGANIC FRUIT AND VITICULTURE [CFU 4] ORGANIC CULTIVATION OF HORTICULTURAL CROPS [CFU 4] BIOLOGICAL CONTROL OF INSECT PESTS AND IMPORTANCE OF ECOLOGICAL INFRASTRUCTURES [CFU 5] PLANT DISEASE CONTROL IN ORGANIC CROPS [CFU 5] BIODIVERSITY AND SOIL FERTILITY [CFU 5] ENGLISH LANGUAGE [CFU 3] II Year LIVESTOCK AND CIRCULARITY OF ORGANIC FARM [CFU 6] LABORATORY OF INSECT PEST CONTROL AND ECOLOGICAL INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT [CFU 6] LABORATORY OF SUSTAINABILITY, MARKETS AND MARKETING OF ORGANIC PRODUCTIONS [CFU 6] LABORATORY OF PLANT PATHOGENS MANAGEMENT IN ORGANIC CROPS [CFU 6] LABORATORY OF TECHNOLOGIES APPLICATION IN ORGANIC FARMING [CFU 6] LABORATORY OF PRACTICAL STEPS TO SOIL FERTILITY FOR ORGANIC CROPS [CFU 6] LABORATORY OF CONTROL AND INSPECTION PROCEDURES OF CERTIFIED FIRMS [CFU 6] LABORATORY OF WEEDS RECOGNITION AND SCOUTING, PREDICTIVE MODELS AND WEED MAPPING [CFU 6] INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES IN ORGANIC FARMING [CFU 6] LABORATORY OF VEGETABLE CROPS DESIGN IN ORGANIC FARMING [CFU 6] LABORATORY OF VINEYARD AND ORCHARD DESIGN IN ORGANIC FARMING [CFU 6] LABORATORY OF HERBACEOUS CROPS DESIGN IN ORGANIC FARMING [CFU 6] III Year INTERNSHIP [CFU 48]