Welcome to the Centro di Ricerca per le Produzioni Foraggere e Lattiero-Casearie (CREA-FLC), Lodi, Italy.
The Consiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura (CRA) has been established with the legislative decree n.454/99 and gathers together the experience of 28 Agricultural Research Institutes and their relative 54 peripheral operational units for a total of 82 offices nationwide. On March 22, 2006, the decree for the “Reorganization and Rationalization Plan” was released. During the last 5 years, the Reorganization Plan has implemented 15 Research Centers and 32 Research Units organized into 5 Departments. The Centro di Ricerca per le Produzioni Foraggere e Lattiero-Casearie (CREA-FLC) of Lodi comes from the aggregation into one single institution of three experimental Institutes belonging to the Italian Ministry of Agriculture: the Experimental Institute for Fodder Crops (located in Lodi); the Experimental Institute for Dairy Products (located in Lodi); and the Experimental Institute for Dairy Livestock (located in Cremona). The intent of the legislature was to pursue both the consolidation of the experience of the three historical research institutions, and at the same time to establish a research organism specialized in forage-livestock-dairy productions. CREA-FLC is specifically devoted to study the aspects related to forage production, animal nutrition, and bovine breeding aimed at achieving dairy products of high sensorial, chemical, microbiological, and nutritional quality.