Establishment and development

1861-1910
After the Italian Unification, Italian Agriculturists did not have any national association that could represent them. This was partially due to the fact that the governing class, the right-wing first and the left-wing then, partly represented the interests of the  Italian Landed Gentry. During the following Giolitti age, agriculturists could voice their common interests through SAI - Association of Italian Agriculturalists (Rome, 1895), which performed actions of lobbying and economic organization, and CNA – National Agriculture Association (Bologna, 1910), which supported trade negotiations.

1910-1920
In the second stage, after  World War I, SAI and CNA merged into Confagricoltura – General Agriculture Confederation (Rome, 1920), the first Italian agriculture association which fused functions of economic, political and trade representation.

1920-1944
In the third stage, which includes the Italian Liberal State, the Italian Fascism and part of World War II, we had FISA – Italian Federation of Agricultural Trade Unions (Rome, 1922), then CNFA – National Fascist Association of Agriculturalists (Rome, 1926), which afterwards incorporated  Confagricoltura  and FISA. Eventually we had CFA – Fascist Confederation and Agriculturalists (Rome, 1934). Those associations were in line with fascist corporatism.

1944-2005

During the fourth stage, after regaining freedom of association and democracy, we had ANA – National Association of Agriculturalists (Taranto, 1944), FIDA – Italian Federation and Agriculturalists (Roma, 1944), CONFIDA – Italian Confederation of Agriculturalists (Roma, 1945) and, eventually, Confagricoltura - General Italian Agriculture Confederation (Rome, 1948). The present-day Confagricoltura, besides the traditional economic, social and trade functions, supports enterprises with  a wide range of services.