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November 28, 2012


M.Sc. Thesis Defense - Mitch Rey, Animal Science, will defend his M.Sc. thesis entitled "On-farm evaluation of a needle-free injection device to vaccinate beef calves under Western Canadian conditions" on Thursday, November 29 in Room 220, Animal Science Building at 10:30 am. Faculty, students, staff and general public are welcome to attend.

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, November 29 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm.  Nasir Javed, Ph.D. student, Plant Science, will be presenting “Identification of QTL Controlling Flowering Time, Oil Content and Fatty Acid Composition in Brassica napus L.”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

Ph.D. Oral Examination - Miss Silvia Barcellos Rosa, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Plant Science, will defend her Ph.D. thesis entitled "The Genetics of Leaf Rust Resistance in the Durably Resistant Wheat Cultivar ‘Toropi’” on Tuesday, December 4 in Room 218 Agriculture Building at 2:00 pm. Faculty, students, staff and general public are welcome to attend.

The University of Manitoba Water Environment Federation is proud to announce the first presentation in the series of meetings. On Tuesday, December 4 at 3:30 pm in Room E2-125 EITC, Dr. Jan Oleszkiewicz, Distinguished Professor, University of Manitoba will present "Sustainable management of biosolids in the European Union". The European Union produces 12 million dry tons of municipal biosolids per year. Available land base for agricultural utilization of these biosolids is shrinking rapidly. Increasing competition for land application from agricultural biosolids and manure, coupled with a recently introduced ban on landfilling of organic matter forces member states to find alternative solutions to the growing problem. Based on his research and consulting work within the EU, the Speaker will present current practices, development trends and latest projects undertaken by multinational research and development teams in Europe. To register, contact Damian Kruk Cost: $ 10 paid on site, students and faculty free. Register before Friday, November 30.

A Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics Seminar will be held on Wednesday, December 5 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 252 Agriculture Building.  Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, will be presenting “Consequences of Biotechnology: Changes in the Canadian Canola Sector 1969 to 2012”.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Manitoba Agronomists Conference will be held December 12 and 13 (this year on WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY) in Room 172 Agriculture Building and via webcast.  This year's plenary session is entitled "Are Crop Rotations Obsolete?".  The cost is $200.  Register by December 5 to take advantage of the early bird rate of $150.  Registration closes December 9.  Register early for Winnipeg as space is limited. Graduate students are invited to attend as well as submit posters.  Poster requirements and deadlines as well as registration information is on the MAC website at

Everyone is welcome to attend the Dean's Office Annual Holiday Celebration on Monday, December 17 in Room 252 Agriculture Building from 2:00 - 4:30 pm.

The annual Soils and Crops Conference will be held March 5-6, 2013 in Saskatoon, SK.  Titles for oral and poster presentations are being accepted until December 14, 2012.  See for more information.


Martin Entz, Plant Science, was honoured by Organic Connections with the "Organic Hero" award for his contribution to the organic community at its November conference in Regina. The organization noted, among other accomplishments, Martin's involvement in establishing the Glenlea Long-term Rotation Study, the oldest organic-conventional cropping system comparison in Canada.  Read more in the Western Producer, page 84.

Brett Sheffield, diploma student, made it to the final round of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) Global Finals in New York on November 17, capturing third place out of a field of 30 international top student business owners. The event is the world's premier competition for students running revenue-generating businesses. Brett represented Canada with his two businesses, Sheffield Farms and Stay Fit Health Club.  Read about the top students, including Brett. Read more "In the News" about Brett's journey to Globals.

The Faculty was doubly recognized this year for outreach efforts, with both Don Flaten, Soil Science, and Rick Holley, Food Science, named as recipients of the University of Manitoba Outreach Award which honours outstanding community involvement. Both Don and Rick have dedicated tremendous time and effort in sharing their expertise with media, industry and the general public.

Lisa Wiens, Animal Systems undergraduate student, received the Canadian Society of Animal Science Book Award, valued at $100.

Laurie Connor, Animal Science, made a presentation at the Saskatchewan Pork Symposium November 13 in Saskatoon entitled " Sow Housing Alternatives - Which One is Best?".

Entomology's Rob Currie and two of his students, Rassol Bahreini and Suresh Desai, attended the international bee research congress, Apimondia, in Quebec City, in the week of November 19-23.  Rob presented a paper and the students each presented posters on their work.

Trust Beta, Food Science was in northern Malawi November 18-26 on planning meetings related to the recently approved CIDA-PWCB project "Malawi Farmer-to-Farmer Agroecology"  led by University of Western Ontario in which Department of Food Science, University of Manitoba, and Malawian institutions Ekwendeni Hospital and Chancellor College are the major participants.

Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, presented a seminar titled: "High Food Prices and International Food Assistance" in the Department of Bioresource Policy, Business & Economics, University of Saskatchewan on November 16.

The Richardson Centre of Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals was visited by Dr. Pavel Vcherashiniy, First Vice-Rector for Economic Affairs & Development & Delegation, from the Siberian Federal University on Monday, November 26.  Other members of the delegation that toured the Centre, hosted by Peter Jones were Ms. Natalia Firyulina, Advisor to the University President; Ms. Evgeniya Bukharova, Director of the Institute of Economics, Management & Natural Resources; Ms. Elena Kruglikova, Director of the Centre for Strategic Research & Development (Interpreter); Dr. Nadezhda V. Samarnikova, Advisor of the University President; Dr. Valery S. Efimov, Director of the Centre for Strategic Research & Development; and Dr. Alexey Surin, Bureau for International Education Programs.


Burlakoti, R. R., Lynch, D., Halde, C., Beach, T., Dahal, S. and Debnath, S. C. 2012. Organic agriculture project in Nepal: An international twinning partnership program initiative. Can. J. Plant Sci. 92: 997-1003.


Laurie Connor, Animal Science, was interviewed for the article "U of M professor explores swine housing options for farmers" in the Manitoban. Laurie discusses their research into tools that will assist farmers in making the transition from the individual housing of sows to group housing. Read it online.  Laurie was also interviewed by Bruce Cochrane, Farmscape on the same topic.

Brett Sheffield, diploma student and student entrepreneur, has been in the news about his path to the Global Finals of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards in New York. Brett and his father were featured in the article "Younger and Better" in the Country Guide.  Read pages 32-34.  Brett's success was also noted in the Globe and Mail's article "More B-schools making ethics a focus ".

The Genome Canada Research Project in which Entomology’s Rob Currie is a collaborator was featured in the Western Producer online.  Steve Pernal from AAFC Beaver Lodge was interviewed and the role of researchers at the University of Manitoba highlighted. Read the article "Researchers look for way to breed neat freak bees".


The Certificate of Merit is presented by the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and the School of Agriculture in recognition of leadership with agricultural organizations and outstanding service to the community at large.  Two Certificates of Merit are presented to one graduate of the Agriculture Diploma program, and one to a graduate of the Agriculture Degree program.  Nominations can be forwarded to Michele Rogalsky, Director, School of Agriculture at before December 20, 2012.  Nominations should include a letter supporting the nomination as well as a biography of the candidate highlighting their contributions.

Undergraduate Research Awards for Summer Work Experience at the University of Manitoba - Undergraduate students have the opportunity to compete for this award, which allows them to be mentored full-time with a professor of their choice for 16 weeks, to receive a $6,000 award, and to gain valuable experience in their field of interest. Last year they received over 260 applications and funded 80 students. Deadline February 15, 2013. To learn more, go to

First call for Information Technology Proposals - In an effort to focus the University of Manitoba's attention and align IT resources in an intentional and more prioritized way towards “delivering an exceptional student experience”, this Call for Proposals is meant to solicit those IT-related opportunities that you feel would help us all achieve that goal.   Visit to provide the details on the project you would like the Selection Committee to consider.  Submit your proposals early, as the deadline is 4 p.m. CDT January 17, 2013. The goal is to have a first set of prioritized proposals available to IST for more detailed estimating and to the President’s Advisory Council on IT and Innovation for review by the end of January 2013, with a final recommendation forwarded in IST’s 2013-14 submission to the Strategic Resource Planning (SRP) Committee in February.

A Gift for the Gardener - Order the 2013 Prairie Garden annual from Carla Zelmer for the reduced price of $12 (costs a few dollars more at the Bookstore).  This 184 full-color non-profit publication is dedicated to the advancement of horticulture in the Prairie Provinces, and features articles on plants, vegetables, fruits, flowers, insects and lots of gardening tips. Contact Carla at

More Holiday Ideas - Looking for ideas for Christmas presents? The Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre has a range of polo shirts, hoodies, and baseball caps with the FFDC logo in different colours and sizes. They make a unique present and staff will get a 20% discount! Please contact Guy Robbins or Siobhan Maas on 204-883-2524.

Are you looking for a different venue for your staff meeting or holiday party? The Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre has its multi-purpose room available for your event (with refreshments and catering) and the chance to tour the FFDC as well as see the newly born piglets between December 5th and 21st! Please contact Guy Robbins or Siobhan Maas on 204-883-2524 to book the centre now to avoid disappointment.

Discovery Centre Parents 'n Tots Story Group - Targeted at pre-schoolers, aged 3-5 years, the Discovery Centre is starting up a story group, where children can come listen to a book read aloud and explore various agriculture- and science-related themes.  From snow to lightning, pigs to pumpkins, bugs to lunch boxes, there are so many topics to keep your preschoolers captivated! Parents must be in attendance and younger siblings are encouraged to attend.  A small play area has toys and puzzles to keep little ones occupied.  Various hands-on activities will also be planned, depending on the theme of the book.  Only $2 per preschooler to attend, which goes towards the purchasing of new books to read and includes a healthy snack. First story group will be Thursday, December 6 from 10:30-11:30 am.  Group will start up again in the New Year on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

Enter the Farm & Food Discovery Centre Photo Contest - Explore the Farm & Food Discovery Centre from a different perspective—through the lens of your camera! Have a favourite thing to see or do at FFDC? Take a picture of you doing it! All photographs must be taken on the site of the Farm & Food Discovery Centre. Two categories - Adults and Children 12 & Under. Winner of each photo contest category will receive a free one year family membership to the Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre, valued at $80.00. Deadline is December 14, 2012. See complete rules and details at

 AG e-news is e-mailed bi-weekly to members and friends of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Email Crystal Jorgenson with your news or get in touch with your department AG e-news rep:

    Agribusiness: Barb Hewitt 9259
    Animal Science and Entomology: Mei Ding 6125
    Biosystems Engineering: Debby Watson 6033
    Food Science: Allison Cranmer 9621
    Plant Science: Bev Godard 8563
    Soil Science: Lynda Closson 8153

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