International agriculture conference in Australia

The importance of conservation agriculture in farming systems in light of global challenges will be the focus of two joint events that Australia is preparing to host later this month.

These international events – the 5th World Congress of Conservation Agriculture and the 3rd Farming Systems Design Conference – will be staged by Grains Research and Development Corporation and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) in Brisbane from 26-29 September 2011.

ACIAR Chief Executive Officer Dr Nick Austin said: “Conservation agriculture is a sustainable and profitable farming system that is improving farmers’ livelihoods through the application of three principles: minimal soil disturbance, permanent soil cover and crop rotations”.

“The common objective is the design of more productive, economic, and sustainable farming systems to meet the challenges of expanding population, global change, and environmental degradation,” said Dr Austin.

“The Congress will be a forum for discussing conservation agriculture principles in both large-scale, high-tech commercial farms, and small-scale low-cost smallholder farms from developing countries, with particular emphasis on increasing food demand and climate change.”

Among those expected are scientists, practitioners, farmers, students, teachers, policy makers, science communicators, conservationists and others interested in sustainability, conservation and farming systems.

ACIAR revealed that closely to 500 people from 50 countries around the globe are expected to convene at this four-day meeting in which some of the leading experts and leaders in conservation agriculture would attend.

The conference program would include keynote speeches by some of the world’s experts, workshops facilitated by Australian and international researchers, presentations, and a field visit to University of Queensland’s Gatton Campus.

To register and for more information, visit: http://www.wcca2011.org

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