Precision agriculture and wi-fi connections to save olive trees. This, in short, is the mission carried out by Italian food tech startup called Elaisian, founded by three young entrepreneurs in November last year. “Thanks to an agronomic algorithm,” said Damiano Angelici, Elaisian CEO, “we can give olive oil producers advice on what’s best to be do...

On Des Moines’ south side, peppers grow as freely as turf grass. Italian-Americans here eat them like candy. They can and freeze them. They put them in sauce, on pizza or in eggs, fry them up with olive oil and potatoes, or even spread them on bread as an alternative to peanut butter. Among all the pepper love, a really good one stands out. An immi...

Southern Italy's agricultural industry has recovered in 2015 and 2016, according to data from the Ismea-Svimez Report. Added value, exports, and investments have grown more in the South than in the North. But the most significant sign is that youth employment has grown in the Southern sector (+12.9%)—more than the Italian average. Youth agricultura...

We at The Italian Garden Project™ are always pleased when we find that the Italian gardening traditions are being carried on by a new generation of gardeners. Several years ago when 18 year old Alessandro Ferzoco emailed to tell us about his passion for gardening, and offered to introduce us to some of his Italian-born gardening mentors in his subu...

Nazzareno Strampelli sbarca nelle università americane. Il mondo accademico a stelle e strisce, a differenza di quello italiano, ha messo gli occhi sul lavoro dell’insigne agronomo genetista maceratese tanto da farne oggetto di attenzione e di studio persino nelle università. Alcuni studiosi d’oltreoceano sono entrati in contatto con Sergio Salvi,...

Italian food and farming exports are continuing to grow even in a difficult international context. According to Italian food producers’ association , exports from the sector are expected to total around €30.2 billion in 2016, up 4.1% compared to 2015. This is certainly a slower growth rate than 2015 when the food and farming-focused Expo 2015 world...

by Annamaria Capparelli   An increasing number of young Italians are pursuing careers in agriculture, industry associations say, and funds are being earmarked especially to support their plans for innovation in the sector. Farm sector employees under the age of 35 rose by 15% in the first three months of this year, agriculture organization...

Italy is fortunate to have a beloved history that is studied and cherished throughout the world. The ancient Romans proved to be one of most innovative societies, creating structures that still proudly tower throughout the countryside. Renaissance masterpieces nestled in churches or displayed in piazza's have been stealing viewers' breath for centu...

In 1959 the Neapolitan ethnologist Ernesto de Martino was traveling around Salento with a psychologist, a musicologist and a sociologist.   The object of their studies were the "tarantate," the ritual cure for the peasants bitten by the taranta, a black spider. If an ethnologist today would like to repeat De Martino's trip, he would be wise...

by Sam Desatoff   A Hanford woman is being honored for her work with agriculture and community service. Lilia Giacomazzi will receive the Tapestry Award at the annual Common Threads luncheon on March 16. The Common Threads award recognizes women in agriculture who have chosen to make a philanthropic difference in their communities....