ECONOMICS OF ZOOTECHNIC AND AGRI-FOOD PRODUCTION
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course is aimed at teaching knowledge and understanding of the basics of the market economy and of livestock production, agribusiness and estimate. The student will also learn to apply the acquired knowledge and understanding in identifying and solving the problems of business management in relation to the policies of the EU and to food security. The student will be able, with the acquired knowledge, to analyze and express opinions on the problems of the agricultural sector (Making judgements). The student will be able to analyze situations and alternative scenarios of agricultural policy (communication skills). The student will have the critical knowledge to compare and compare the nature of the problems of the agricultural sector in the medium and long term (Learning capacity).
Course contents summary
The Italian and European zootechnical framework. Review of economic theory. Agricultural products market. Farming and business. The farm economic balance sheet. Production economics. Beef cattle breeding.
Pig sector. Poultry sector. Dairy sector. PDO/PGI/TSG. Tomato industry sector. Organisation of producers. Tax reform in agriculture. Sources of statistical information in agriculture. Collection of economic data of breeding farms. Analysis of zootechnical enteprises. Analysis of the eficiency of breeding farms.
Consumer, enterprise and market. Components of agri-food system. Trasformation of agriculture. Agry-food industry. Reorganisation of the distribution system. Public interventions. UE policies for the agricultural sector, rural development, food safety for the environment.
Provide the knowlegde for the valuation of the main rural and urban property for practical and legal purposes. The course covers the topics of rural estimation, civil estimation, legal estimation, cadastral estimation end project evaluation.
DE CASTRO P. - Verso una nuova agricoltura europea. Agra, Roma,2002.
HOFFMANN A. - La nuova politica di sviluppo rurale. Franco Angeli, Milano, 2006.
MARIANI F., VIGANO' E. - Il sistema agroalimentare dell'Unione Europea. Carrocci Editore, Roma, 2002.
ZUCCHI G. - Zooeconomia. Economia del sistema delle produzioni animali. Edizioni Avenue media, Bologna, 2006.
GALLERANI V., ZANNI G., VIAGGI D. – Manuale di estimo. McGraw-Hill, Milano, 2004.
MICHIELI I. - Trattato di estimo. Edizioni Agricole, Bologna, 1993.
The course is taught by lectures.
Assessment methods and criteria
The achievement of the course objectives is assessed with an oral examination. Through questions about the course contents it will be determined whether the student has achieved the goal of knowledge and understanding of the contents. Through questions regarding the preparation of a business budget and evaluation of related economic indicators it will be assessed if the student has achieved the goal of applying the acquired knowledge. The verification questions will also have to demonstrate independence of judgment and ability to express opinions on the problems of the sector and will have to demonstrate that they have acquired critical knowledge to compare and compare the nature of the underlying problems. This will be verified with plurality of questions.