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June 13, 2012


TONIGHT - The University of Manitoba's speaker series Visionary Conversations, hosted by President Dr. David T. Barnard, will next present "The Food We Eat". Join our expert panel for a discussion about the safety and supply of the food we eat – from the local and the global perspective. The panel of four speakers includes our own Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics and Rick Holley, Food Science. The event will be held Wednesday, June 13 at the Robert B. Schultz Theatre, St. John’s College. Reception in Galleria - 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm - sponsored by the Alumni Association and then Panel Discussion – 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm.  This is the final Visionary Conversation until they return in the fall.

A Special Animal Science Seminar entitled “Topics in pig nutrition in Western Australia” by Dr. Jae Kim, Pork Innovation, Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Australia, will be held Thursday, June 14, 10:00 am - 11:15 am in Room 219 Animal Science/Entomology Building. All are welcome to attend.  Coffee and donuts will be served.

Mid-Canada AOAC (Association of Analytical Communities) will be holding general elections for its 2012-13 executive committee at their Annual General Meeting, held during Mid-Canada AOAC Day on June 14 at the Victoria Inn and Conference Centre, 1808 Wellington, Winnipeg.  They are seeking nominations for President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and Member At Large (multiple positions).

UTS Spring Faculty Workshops - On Wednesday, June 20, "Providing Effective Written Feedback" is offered by facilitators Miriam Unruh and Kathy Block, Learning Assistance Centre in 207 Isbister Building. For full descriptions and to register for workshops, visit

Natalie Cecile Berard, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Animal Science, will defend her Ph.D. thesis entitled "An Exploration of Ecological Concepts in the Context of Antimicrobial Resistance and the Use of Phytochemical Compounds within the Ruminant Gut Microbiome" on Tuesday, June 26 at 9 am in 219 Animal Science/Entomology Building. Faculty, students, staff and general public are welcome to attend.

The 4th seminar in the Stu Clark Distinguished Speaker Series will be held Friday, June 29 10:00 am-12:00 pm in 530 Drake Centre. Guest speakers Andrew Delios, National University of Singapore, Business School and Jane Lu, National University of Singapore Business School, will present "Research to Publications: Understanding and Strengthening the Link". They will talk about the the process of communicating research through publications and journals, and how to best navigate the journey.

The 2012 Manitoba Crop Diagnostic School will be held the weeks of July 10-13 and July 16-20 at the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm near Carman.  For more information on the event or to register, please call (204)745-5663 or visit   When registering, indicate whether you are a student, U of M or MAFRI staff member for special pricing on the staff student day July 10.

Join us for Ecological and Organic Farming Systems Field Day on Monday, July 23 at the University of Manitoba Ian N. Morrison Research Farm located in Carman, Manitoba (1.8 km west of the junction of #3 and #13).  The day starts with coffee and registration at 9 am and the tour will run from 9:45 am - 3:30 pm. Registration: $15 (includes lunch). Pre-registration is appreciated. Contact Bev at 204-474-8563 or by Wednesday, July 18 to register.

As part of International Livestock Congress in Calgary in August, the ILC Beef 2012 Student Program is being held August 12-15. Students can apply for the Bursary on the ILC website. For complete details, visit

The 12th Annual University of Manitoba All-Staff Golf Tournament and Fundraiser for the Student Food Bank will be held at the new Southwood Golf and Country Club on Monday, August 20 from 1 pm to 8 pm. Entry fee is $440 per team of 4 ($110 per person). Participation is open to current University of Manitoba employees only and approved affiliates.  Highlights of the tournament include a $10,000 hole-in-one prize, Texas scramble, best ball format, prizes awarded for men’s and women’s longest drive and closest to the pin on a par 3 and a beef sirloin buffet including vegetarian options and prize draws (everyone gets a prize!). Southwood Golf and Country Club dress code is in effect.  Please visit their website for more information: To register contact Chris Bohonis (Security Services) at 474-8630 or

The Institute of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (INAF) of Université Laval initiated BÉNÉFIQ, the first international forum on Health Ingredients which will take place in Quebec City on September 25-27. BÉNÉFIQ is meant not only as a forum for discussion, exchange and knowledge transmission, but as a key catalyst for the global health food and ingredients sector. BÉNÉFIQ boasts a distinctive program featuring internationally renowned speakers, a commercial exhibition on avant-garde food and ingredients, and a Tech Transfer Place for technological innovations and personalized business meetings (English is the current spoken language).  We invite you to visit BÉNÉFIQ’s website for all the details.


The University of Manitoba quarter scale tractor team competed in the ASABE International 1/4 Scale Tractor Student Design Competition last week in Peoria, IL. In a field that included 27 teams from universities from the US and Canada, the U of M team came in 4th in the Tractor Pull and 7th in the Maneuverability sections, with a 12th Overall finish. During the individual pulls (1000lb and 1500 lb), they overcame a broken axle from an earlier practice run to capture a second and a third place finish. Well done!

A project involving members of the Department of Soil Science was kicked off last week during a special media event.  Two planes piloted by NASA will be flying several times a week over south-central Manitoba as part of a soil moisture study that also involves the US Department of Agriculture, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the University of Manitoba. These aircraft will carry instruments similar to those onboard a Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite that NASA will launch in 2014.  In addition to the collection of field data, 50 temporary soil moisture monitoring stations will be installed to provide continuous measurements over the six weeks of a validation experiment called SMAPVEX. From the University of Manitoba, researchers Rotimi Ojo, Brian Miller and summer students Stacie Westervelt and Alan Rich are installing continuous monitoring stations, collecting field observations and laboratory measurements during the campaign. Read more online.

The Department of Entomology welcomes Jordan Bannerman in the Entomology Instructor position. Jordan began work on June 11 and will be located in 214B Entomology.  His phone number is 480-1021.  He has not yet been assigned a University e-mail account but can be reached at

Kateryn Rochon, Entomology, was in Lincoln, Nebraska, June 3-6 for the North Central Branch meeting of the Entomological Society of America. She was invited to give a presentation in a symposium "Flies, Microbes, and Health" and her presentation was "Immature development and E. coli retention in house flies and stable flies".  Kateryn will also be in Kalispell, Montana, June 24-27 for the 56th Livestock Insect Workers' Conference.

The team from the Glenlea Research Station and the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment provided a site tour and research presentations for Manitoba Pork Council Advisors meeting today. Laurie Connor, Don Flaten, Nazim Cicek, Martin Nyachoti, and Mario Tenuta provided tour stops highlighting current research projects. Laurie and Martin then made several presentations on "Addressing Air Quality & Disease Issues", "Sow Gestation Housing Research Updates" and "Highlights of recent swine nutrition research at the University of Manitoba" to the committee in the comfort of the Farm & Food Discovery Centre classroom.

The Canadian Agricultural Economics Society is having its annual meeting June 17-19 at Niagara Falls. Derek Brewin, Jared Carlberg, Julieta Frank and MSC Students María José Patiño Valiente  and Mathew Hink, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, will attend.  Mathew will be there to accept an award as honorable mention in the national Master’s Thesis competition.  Derek will be chairing the session on Biofuel Developments and the Effects on Agricultural Markets.

Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, will also be traveling June 23-26 to Ravello, Italy, for the 16th Annual Conference from the International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research.  He will be presenting “Assessing the Canola Industry”, Brewin, D. G., S. Malla (University of Lethbridge).

Mehdi Arzandeh, Ph.D. candidate Econ, University of Manitoba, will present a paper, co-authored with Derek Brewin, at the 16th Annual Conference from the International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research entitled: “Long Term Dynamics of Firm R&D Investment in Plant Breeding under Plant Breeders Rights”.

Arnie Hydamaka, Food Science, was in China during the month of May in support of the Faculty 2 plus 2 program and International co-operation. Arnie delivered guest lectures at China Agricultural University in Beijing, and Wuhan University. He also taught a 2 week credit course at Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, and a 1 week series of lectures at Nanjing University of Finance and Economics.

Trust Beta, Food Science, and graduate students Victoria Ndolo, Weiwei Guo, Kuuku Biney, and Alexandra Cardenas attended the 50th CIFST 2012 biennial conference held in Niagara Falls May 27-29. The presentations by Victoria, Weiwei, Kuuku and Alexandra were titled "A comparative study on location and distribution of ferulic acid and beta-glucan in pigmented and non-pigmented cereals determined by fluorescence microscopy", "Antioxidant properties of insoluble and soluble dietary fibre from selected whole-grain cereals", "Evaluation of phenolic acid levels in amaranth enriched pasta", and "Functional properties of pasta enriched with amaranth seed flour and dried amaranth leaves", respectively.

Victoria Ndolo, M.Sc. student in Food Science, presented an oral paper on "Variation in total carotenoids and ferulic acid content in hand dissected fractions of diverse cereal grain varieties" at the 3rd annual Functional Food and Natural Health Product (FFNHP) Graduate Student Symposium held at the  University of Manitoba June 4-5. Undergraduate students Lilei Yu and Anne-Laure Nanguet also presented a poster on "Comparison of antioxidant activities of different commercial flours and their resultant bakery products" at the same symposium.

Michael Trevan, Dean, travelled to St. John's, NL, to attend the Canadian 4-H Council Annual General Meeting on May 30 - June 1, as a member of the Board.

Head Start Day was a great success with 1400 students and their families on campus Saturday, June 2.  We had a chance to welcome some of our new students in our faculty session and answered lots of questions at our booth.  Thank you to Brian Amiro and Bonnie Schott for their help!

Congratuations to alum Kim McConnell (BSA/78) on being named one of the inductees to the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame for 2012. Kim is the founder and former Chief Executive Officer of AdFarm, one of the largest and most respected agricultural marketing firms in North America. The induction ceremony will be held November 4, 2012 at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, Ontario.

The High School Agro Ecology Day held on June 1 at the University of Manitoba, Ian N. Morrison Research Farm, Carman was featured in the Carman Valley Leader. The day exposed Grade 10 students and teachers from Carman Collegiate, Elm Creek High School and Dufferin Christian School to, in-field hands-on agroecology learning in the areas weeds, entomology, riverbank riparian areas, organic systems, soils and ag meteorology.  Hosts and presenters involved were from the University of Manitoba, Department of Plant Science, Prairie Rose School division, MAFRI, La Salle Redboine Conservation District, and Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation.

During the afternoon of June 4, 45 Grade 3 students plus teachers and parents from Carman Elementary School, participated in field learning exercises at the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm.  Students expanded their knowledge of conservation as it relates to agriculture, soils and riverbank riparian areas and the grade 3 curriculum.  The event was hosted by University of Manitoba, Department of Plant Science, and MAFRI staff.

Wearing diapers and proclaiming that "Even Babies Know a Change is Good", the Dean's Office won for best group ensemble on the theme of "Change" at last week's Sneakers in Motion Day. The goal is to inspire students and employees to make health a priority and to be more active. Check out the video of the event!


Fabio Mattos, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, co-authored a recently published an article:  Mattos, F. and P. Garcia (2012). Measuring the degree to which probability weighting affects risk-taking behavior in financial decisions. Journal of Finance and Investment Analysis 1, 1-39.


Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, will be interviewed today for “The Drive” show on CJOB radio about food prices.

Digvir Jayas, Vice President Research and Biosystems Engineering distinguished professor, was quoted in the Winnipeg Free Press column by Laura Rance "Green Revolution no boon for hungry in hot climate".

Don Flaten, Soil Science, was quoted in the Grainews (June 4) article "Conservation tillage practices don’t always add up" (page 7).  Don noted that minimizing tillage means something different, depending on what area you are in, and while losses of sediment and nitrogen may be reduced, in some areas they observed an increase in the loss of phosphorus.

Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was quoted in the same issue of Grainews (June 4) in the article "Few choices for farm accounting software" (page 4). He talks about the challenges of farm accounting.


The Manitoba Sheep Association (MSA) is pleased to announce a $500 Scholarship which is available to any student who is a current member of the MSA or is the student relation of a current MSA member. The applicant must be an active participant in the Manitoba Sheep Industry. Deadline is June 30. Criteria and contact information is online.

The Margaret Skaptason Memorial Scholarship is available for a student enrolled in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba.  Valued at $500, the award is offered through the Jon Sigurdsson Chapter of the IODE, which is a Canadian women’s charitable organization whose mission is tSo improve the quality of life for children, youth and those in need, through educational, social services and citizenship programs. Application forms can be found online and must be received BY MAIL on or before September 4, 2012.

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