RURAL ECONOMY AND AGRONOMY
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, agro-food economics and agronomy. 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 livestock under the national and European level. Fundamentals of economic theory. Market for agricultural products. The company and the company. The economic balance of the farm. Economics of production. Beef cattle breeding. Pig sector. Poultry sector. Dairy sector. PDO/PGI/TSG. Tomato industry sector. The organization of producers. Tax reform in agriculture. The sources of statistical information in agriculture. Consumer, business and market. Components of the food system. Public intervention. EU policies for agriculture, rural development, food security and the environment.
The agricultural soil: physical, chemical and biological.
The agricultural techniques: tillage, fertilization, fertilization laws.
DE CASTRO P. - Verso una nuova agricoltura europea. Agra, Roma,2002.
FABBRI A. - Produzioni vegetali. Edagricole, Bologna, 2001.
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.
Assessment methods and criteria
The student will have to perform a final oral exam with verification questions that must demonstrate knowledge and ability to understand the topics covered, autonomy of judgment and ability to express opinions on the problems of the sector, have acquired critical knowledge to compare and compare the nature of the underlying problems. This will be verified with a plurality of questions.