• Our history
  • Our history
  • Our history
  • Our history
  • Our history

Our history

Agricola 2000 is a company leader in experimentations of new products and techniques for agriculture. It acts as a subject of innovation for Companies and both public and private Research Institutes which operate in the agribusiness and in the field of consulting. Know more
Agricola 2000 was born in 1983 when some students of the Department of Agriculture of the University of Milan met some professors who would guide them up to their thesis. Those professors taught them not only technical and scientific knowledge but also their own passion for science and agriculture together with their passion for life. This relationship grew stronger and stronger: it became mutual respect and, in many cases, friendship. Once, shortly before the students' graduation, while they were having dinner together, they found out they had a common wish and at the same time a proposal was put forward: "Why don't we try to make in the job, the same experience we made during the university years?" "Why don't we try to build something with the help of these people that are like mentors to us?"

From that moment Agricola 2000 came to life.

The professors helped ex-students to write the firsts projects for the competitive bids, worked with them on the genetic improvement programs and helped them find the machineries for experimentation. The money needed to start the business were lent by a friend who had been as well a mentor for the students and had contributed to their boldness and to the growth of their critical sense facing reality. Step by step the first orders were placed and some bids were won.
Sometimes the work in the fields was hard, and the money needed to pay salaries were lacking. Many friends who were involved in the project helped. Everyone was willing to make sacrifices because everyone knew what he was building.

Gradually things started to work and the company grew, together with the number of orders. Genetic improvement started to yield results: the first materials were registered, the hybrids were put on the market, the first inbred lines were sold. Experimentation on agrochemicals was undertaken and few years later the authorities acknowledged Agricola 2000 as a CRO (Contract Research Organization). Even some international research projects were undertaken.

Agricola slowly became a benchmark for the companies working in agro-business, research institutes and for all those Institutions that were looking for a connection with the local agricultural realities. New collaborations with associations of producers and professional associations began.


Things were going well but soon something would change. In the middle of the nineties many big multinational companies merged with small and medium Italian enterprises cornering the Italian market. In those same years molecular biology gave a boost to scientific research and to genetic improvement. GMOs appeared and were considered as the latest frontier of technology. In those years genetic improvement seemed to be unconditionally bounded to molecular biology. Unfortunately a small company such as Agricola 2000 couldn't afford a laboratory. Moreover, many plant breeder companies started to consider Agricola 2000 as an interesting reality. For this reason genetic improvement programs were sold together with germplasm, breeders and technicians. It was a great opportunity both for the people acquired and for the company.

The following years were hard but at the same time challenging. Many of the partners took different paths but those who stayed had to face a more and more competitive market where multinational companies played major roles. In the meantime new people that knew the history of the company and who cared for it, started to make efforts in order to go on and keep it alive. Thanks to the help of those people and thanks to the commitment of everyone who worked there, Agricola 2000 returned to grow and offered new job positions in spite of the crisis that characterized the end of the first decade of the years 2000.

The great possibility that Agricola 2000 offers to those who work in it, is a professional growth together with a personal one. The company development is strictly connected to the growth of its employees. This fact has always been one of Agricola 2000 peculiarities. Read less