See below a list of up-coming events scheduled by TAA or by our partner organisations:

If members wish to add an event relevant to the TAA, please send the details (in the format given below) to the Webmanager, we will then upload the information.

Event Title Date Time Subject Details Venue Details Contact Details
Brazilian No Till Farmers Meeting 14th edition
12 August 2014 10.00

Invitation to attend the XIV Encontro Nacional de Plantio Direto na Palha (Brazilian No Till Farmers Meeting 14th edition). To be held in the wonderful city called "Bonito in Mato Grosso do Sul.

Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. 12-14 August 2014

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4th Annual World Congress of Agriculture
14 August 2014 0900 The 4th Annual World Congress of Agriculture, with the theme of "The Glorious Road from Tradition to Modernization", will be held August 14-16, 2014 in Hohhot, China. WCA-2014 will contain two subordinate conferences: BIT's 1st International Symposium on Forestry and BIT's 1st International Symposium on Animal Husbandry. For proposed themes click here.  WCA-2014 will focus on practical and advanced ideas. It will bring together industry leaders, investors, policy makers, scientists, researchers and other professionals working in the area of Agriculture and discuss the latest scientific advances in agriculture and future directions of the technologies. The program will highlight some recent breakthrough stories and successes in this particular field by organizing a plenary forum, 50 parallel scientific sessions, exhibition zone, poster section and social activities. Read more on Hohhot. Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China. Actual venue yet to be confirmed

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Ms Hedy Yu,  Program Coordinator of thr Organizing Committee. Click here to register.

International Horticultural Congress 2014
17 August 2014 10.00

IHC2014 will provide you with opportunities to showcase your recent research findings, to advance our knowledge of horticultural science, management and conservation, and to exchange ideas with colleagues from many countries around the world. The five day scientific program will feature renowned international experts, and more than 1,600 oral and poster presentations addressing major Congress themes. Lastly, the Congress's social activities, displays and tours will showcase Australasian culture and food, as you experience Aussie hospitality and friendliness.

Brisbane in Queensland, Australia from the 17-22 August 2014.

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Registration can be completed online or by completing a hard copy form and all necessary information is available on the Congress website. Registration must be completed by 17 February 2014 in order to incur the early bird rates. Click here for more details.

Conference: No-Till Is Conservation Agriculture in Action
02 September 2014 10.00

A No-tillconservation agriculture conference, compiled by farmers for farmers, practical in nature giving, technology that is up to date, encouragement for your self confidence, motivation for your future sustainability. See

ATKV Drakensville, near Bergville, South Africa. Sept 2, 3, 4th.

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Contact: Sandra (Tel: 082 472 5987 *033 330 2062, E-mail or Moira (Tel: 033 320 1070; e-mail Book accommodation directly with ATKV Drakensville (Tel: 036 438 6287; Email:

British Society of Soil Science Annual Meeting 2014
03 September 2014 09.00

Delving into the dark - emerging techniques, approaches and tools for soils research. We will have presentations about the development and application of entirely new approaches as well as the novel application of existing techniques. You may be investigating soil biological, chemical or physical properties, soil processes or soil functioning in its broadest sense. We would like to hear how these techniques, approaches and tools could improve our understanding of soils and how we can use these to tackle the global challenges of more food, water and energy alongside habitat conservation and mounting soil degradation. Keynote speakers: Dr Jennifer Pett-Ridge -Mapping Soil Carbon from Cradle to Grave: C Transformations from Plant Roots to Microbes to Mineral Surfaces and Professor John Crawford - 'Towards a Theory of Soil'. Read more 

Manchester University, Manchester, United Kingdom, 3rd and 4th September 2014 Registration details to follow shortly. For more details email the Event Coordinator  
Tackling Water Pollution and Improving Water Quality
11 September 2014 Symposium on Protecting Our Most Precious Resource. England's lakes and rivers play a vital role in water provision, our leisure, recreation and health and well-being. However, in addition to ongoing concerns about urban diffuse water pollution, the quality of our open waters needs to be improved according to the Government only 27% of our water-bodies in England are of good status under new standards set by the EU Water Framework Directive. This special symposium provides an opportunity for local authorities, regulatory bodies and other key stakeholders to discuss the latest Government thinking and explore innovative solutions to tackle and manage the problem of water pollution now and for generations to come. Houses of Parliament, Central London

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Please book online. There is a 20% early registration discount for bookings received by 12th June 2014. Martina Cicakova, Public Policy Exchange Tel: 0845 606 1535  
4th Annual World Congress of Agriculture
12 September 2014 10.00 4th Annual World Congress of Agriculture (WCA-2014) with the theme of Accelerating Agriculture Modernization will be held during September 12~14, 2014. At the 3rd Annual World Congress of Agriculture (September 23-25, 2013) there were nearly 150 participants from more than 30 countries. WCA-2014 will emphasize on more practical and advanced ideas and will bring together industry leaders, investors, policy makers, scientists, researchers and other professionals working in the area of Agriculture and discuss the latest scientific advances in agriculture and future directions of the technologies. The program will highlight some recent breakthrough stories and successes in this particular field by organizing a plenary forum, 50 parallel scientific sessions, exhibition zone, poster section and social activities. More information about the WCA-2014, please click here
Changchun, China

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The early bird price is extended. Seats limited. Contact Programme Coordinator, Ms Hedy Yu, for more information.
2014 Asia Pacific Resiliance & Innovation Summits and Expo
15 September 2014 10.00

A Summit and Expo in alignment with the World Bank $55M Inclusive Innovation Project: prospecting and promoting innovative Agriculture and Energy solutions for the Base-of-Pyramid population across
Asia Pacific and World-wide. Topics to include: Energy, Water, Food, Waste; Crop & Yield Innovations; Fertilizer & BioChar; Bio Pesticides & Herbicides; Hydroponic Technologies; Planting & Harvesting; Precision Agriculture; Biomass & Bio Energy; Fodder Innovations; Ag & Food Processing; Aquaculture Innovations; Waste Innovations; Water Innovations. Papers invited by 6/6/14. Read more Includes a Global Agriculture Innovation Challenge program.

Honululu, Hawaii, USA. Sept 15 to 17.

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Click here to register. For additional questions, please contact (email) Matthew Laudon

International Dairy Summer Schools at University of Liverpool, UK (2)
17 September 2014 10.00

The School of Veterinary Science is ranked exceptional in international ranking and was the highest in Veterinary Medicine in 2005-09. The university runs its own dairy unit with average 11000 kg milk per cow per year sold. The school of Veterinary Science runs a specialist dairy research centre "Tesco Dairy Centre of Excellence that works with the dairy farmers across the country. Advanced Dairy Management 17th Sept-2nd October (The Royal Bath & West show). The fee of £2,800 includes accommodation, food, free admission to a show, transfers to and from Manchester Airport, farm visits and course materials. Delegates should also organise their own travel and health insurance.

University of Liverpools School of Veterinary Science, Leahurst Campus, Wirral, UK.

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For enquiries and applications click here or contact Dr Khalid Mahmood or Tel +44 7508 672210

International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition
18 September 2014 09.00

The Symposium is being organized by CIRAD, INRA, the French Ministry of Agriculture and the FAO. Visit the dedicated web site for the Agroecology Symposium, including the draft programme.

FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 
00153 Rome, Italy, from 18-19 September 2014.

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Please download the registration form to participate in the meeting and email completed form to: or Moderator, Amir Kassam.

Visit to Rothamsted Research Station
30 September 2014 14.00

Preliminary Announcement. A visit is being arranged to see the work of Rothamsted Research, jointly arranged by TAA London & SE and TAA East Anglia groups. Please note the date for your diaries. More details will follow soon.

Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ, UK. Tel: + 44 (0) 1582 763 133

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Terry Wilesis coordinating the visit and will circulate registration arrangements soon.

Seminar on 'Agriculture & Conflict - Food & Peace'
16 October 2014 10.00 Joint seminar by TAA SW Group and RAU, with focus on agriculture in conflict zones. Details to be posted later. Royal Agriculture University, Cirencester, UK. GL7 6JS.

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RSVP Tim Roberts or JohnWibberley 
ECHO East Africa Highlands Symposium
28 October 2014 14.00 This three day sharing event will draw participants from all across East Africa to address issues of sustainable intensification.ECHO prefers presentations with practical information for cross-organizational learning which may be of use to enhance farmers' knowledge and capacity to increase food & fuel & fodder production and incomes using low external inputs, while not increasing land under cultivation but intensifying and using resources more efficiently, reducing waste/erosion, and enhancing the environment. Click here for more details. Click Here for Guidelines if you are interested in displaying a Poster at this Symposium. Modestly priced rooms at Training Centre (contact Minani Elysee . and many hotel options in Bujumbura check Kinindo Training Centre (known as the Swedish Centre Training Centre), Bujumbura, Burundi. 28th-30th October 2014

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Click the link to register
: ECHO East Africa Highlands Symposium Registration  
Is There a World Water Crisis Looming?
06 November 2014 08.30

The Economist Events'invite you to join us for our inaugural World Water Summit, 08.30 17.30 November 6th. With agriculture, homes, factories and offices consuming water in ever greater quantities, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is warning that by 2030, nearly half the world's population could face a scarcity of water, with demand outstripping supply by 40%. As water plays a crucial role in all segments of nature, society and economy, access to water will become a fundamental issue to individuals, governments, companies and ecosystems. Joining us to discuss how to handle a potential water crisis in a collaborative and proactive fashion will be the community's leading thinkers on water policy, management, irrigation, technology, economic development, sanitation and hygiene and water-related risks.

Many leading Speakers will present papers as part of a comprehensive Programme. For more information please download the latest brochure

The Crystal in London, One Siemens Brothers Way,
E16 1GB, UK.

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Register Your Place by September 5th and you will benefit from our early booking rates. Prices start from £649 - Register Now

ECHO International Agriculture Conference and Post-Conference Workshop
18 November 2014 10.00 The 21st ECHO International Agriculture Conference will be held in duringNovember 18-20. Additionally, apost-conference workshop, featuring courses on biochar, cross cultural competency and perennial crops/food forests, will be held at the ECHO Farm duringNovember 21. Click for details Fort Myers, Florida, USA, at Crowne Plaza

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AGM, Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture & Reunion
10 December 2014 17.00 The TAA will hold its Annual General Meeting at the Royal Over-seas League. This will be followed by the Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture to be given by Mike Bushell of Syngenta Research (title awaited) and the annual reunion, with buffet dinner. The cash bar will be open. This is the first announcement please add to your diary. More details to follow. Royal Over-seas League, Piccadilly, London SW1A 1LR

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Details of ticket charges will be announced. Meantime, please contact Elizabeth Warham for more details. 
Southwest Group AGM & Winter meeting
08 January 2015 10.00 The TAA Southwest Group welcomes you to their AGM & Winter meeting and lunch. Before lunch, Keith Virgo (TAA Chairman) will outline the vision, activities and benefits of TAA through a visual presentation of the website. After lunch, he will talk about his Indian community-based tourism enterprise 'Village Ways' , up-dating an earlier talk, with focus on photos and farming. Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 7AE. 10.00 - 16.00

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RSVP to John Wibberley  
ECHO East Africa Biennial Symposium
03 February 2015 10.00 Please freely encourage other colleagues in the wider Africa region to attend. ECHO's online link will havethe details about this valuable biannual time of learning, information sharing and networking among those working and serving in the East Africa Region.Three mornings of plenary sessions, featuring knowledgeable and experienced speakers, will be followed by afternoon workshops and discussion groups led by regional agricultural development workers and experts. Topics are currently being discussed for the event. 

TAA members will be welcome to submit presenter forms.
Arusha, Tanzania. 3rd - 5th February 2015.

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Details of registration will be posted on the ECHO website  
ISCO 2015 conference
31 May 2015 10.00

The 18th ISCO conference theme is "Achieving sustainability through conservation in a changing world. Topics to include: Soil conservation for mitigation and adaptation to a changing climate: sustainable solutions; Impacts of soil erosion and conservation on soil health and organic carbon sequestration; Conservation agriculture; Basic soil erosion (processes, mechanisms, modeling); 
Socio-economic dimensions of soil conservation; Sustainable intensification of food production; Soil degradation (salinization, sodification, desertification);
Soil conservation in non-agricultural settings (urban and forestry).

It will include a mid-week technical tour of soil and water conservation research projects at the USDA Jornada Experimental Range and to the coolness of the Sacramento Mountains to look at post-fire soil stabilization projects.

Deadlines: 15/08/2014, call for abstracts;
15/11/2014, early registration opens;16/02/2015, abstract submission deadline;15/03/ 2015, early registration closes;
01/05/2015, last day to register.

El Paso, Texas, USA; May 31st to June 5th 2015

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Contact and information available from Scott VanPelt (