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August 16, 2012


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

On October 7, 1812, near what is now the Disraeli Bridge in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Miles Macdonell, the Governor of Assiniboia, helped to plant the bushel and a half of wheat that he had brought from Scotland. The 200th Anniversary of the Red River Selkirk Settlement is being celebrated in 2012 and a number of events are planned in September to coincide with the visit of the current Lord of Selkirk.  Some of these include Bargefest - Red River Gathering at The Forks, August 31 - September 2; the Arrival Ceremony, Laverendryé Park, September 4 and the Bicentenary Gala Dinner, Winnipeg Convention Centre, September 8. Visit their website for details on these and other great events at (Watch their commercial at  An Agricultural Sub-Committee for the Bicentenary has been formed and in addition to planning special events, is developing a legacy documentary project on Manitoba's agricultural history with PBS. Stay tuned for more details!

Faculty of Graduate Studies/Graduate Student Association Fall Orientation- For graduate students that started their program in January, May or July this year and have never attended orientation program, don't miss it this fall. Interesting presentations from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, CUPE (what you need to know regarding teaching assistantships), Financial Aids and Awards (more $$$), Career and Counselling (working with your advisor) have been planned. Plus fun evenings with PHD movie screening and Pub night. You don't want to miss it so mark your calendar. The 3-day orientation will be held from September 11 - 13.

The 2012 University of Manitoba Homecoming will be from September 13-15 this fall. The Faculty is hosting an Open House at the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre on Friday, September 14 from 1 pm to 4 pm. All are welcome!

The Farm and Food Discovery Centre will also once again take part in Open Farm Day on September 16. The Centre will be open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm. This province-wide event connects the public directly to farmers, ranchers and market gardeners, and provides the opportunity to learn more about farm life and Manitoba food production. See the complete range of available tour stops at

The 17th Annual Fields on Wheels Conference themed "Agribusiness Logistics in Turbulent Times" will be held on November 9, 2012 at the Radisson Hotel Downtown, Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is too late to predict, yet too early to evaluate, how the landmark changes to CWB grain marketing and industry structure (i.e. Viterra) and operations might change. There are many other factors impacting Canadian agribusiness and logistics, many beyond Canadian borders. Fields on Wheels will discuss those this year. The Early Bird Rate of $275 Cdn. plus GST is available until September 14, 2012.  As of September 15, the registration fee rises to $325 Cdn. plus GST per person. For more information and to register, visit


Dr. James S. Townsend, retired Biosystems Engineering professor, received the Maple Leaf Award for his service to CSBE/SCGAB and for his contributions to engineering in agricultural, food and biological systems, teaching, research, international development, and consulting engineering. This award is given to honour members of the CSBE/SCGAB who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the profession.  It is the highest award made by the Society in recognition of leadership in the profession, given for outstanding personal qualities, society activities, and professional abilities.

Michel Rey, M.Sc. student in Animal Science, finished second in the Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS) Graduate Student Oral Presentation Competition at the CSAS annual meeting. This year the meeting was a ADSA-AMPA-ASAS-CSAS-WSASAS Joint Annual Meeting held in Phoenix, AZ on July 15-19.

Idris Adelakun, M.Sc. student in Biosystems Engineering, received a First Place Poster Competition Award at the Northeast Agricultural and Biological Engineering Conference/American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers meeting in Orillia, ON on July 17 for the poster entitled "Effects Design of a Reusable Multilevel-TDR Probe for Measuring Soil Water Content".

Ryan Murphy, Food Science, is the recipient of the 2012 Manitoba Canola Growers (MCGA) Scholarship, valued at $2100. During his studies this past academic year, Ryan served as Team Leader of Logistics and Production for NuEats Food Innovation, a company that helps commercialize innovative food products developed in Manitoba. He has have been involved in the development of novel food products and packaging, including a roasted buckwheat snack and a betaglucan fruit bar.

Wole Akinremi, Soil Science, and Bob Eilers spent three weeks in Nigeria between the months of June and July on their IDRC/CIDA NICANVEG Project.  While in Nigeria they visited four field sites and interacted with rural farmers particularly, women farmers. They were impressed by the enthusiasm of the farmers for the project and the knowledge of  women farmers on the underutilized indigenous vegetables. While in Nigeria, Bob and Wole were invited by the Osun State Government to participate in the launching of their Cocoyam cultivation rebirth in the state.  Both of them also gave a seminar to more than one hundred lecturers at Osun State University. Wole Akinremi's topic was "writing and publishing scientific articles", while Bob spoke on writing a successful developmental research proposal.

Fabio Mattos, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, attended the Annual Meetings of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) in Seattle, where he is  presenting "Risk Measurement in Commodities Markets: How Much Price Risk Do Agricultural Producers Really Face?" (with Daniel Capitani, University of Sao Paulo) and "An Economic Analysis of Removing the Canadian Wheat Board's Single Desk Authority and Rail Deregulation in Western Canada" (with Janelle Wallace, University of Manitoba).

Agribusiness students Bonnie Schott, Nicholas Lea and Matt Grossman represented the University of Manitoba at the Academic Bowl during the AAEA Annual Meetings of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association held in Seattle August 12-14. The team played five "games", with 3 wins and 2 losses (one was a heart-breaking loss that came after 3 tie-breaks), and fell just short of the round of 8. Their advisor Fabio Mattas reported that the team performed very well, acted professionally and showed good knowledge of all subjects asked during the competition, beating traditionally strong schools such as Iowa State University and Oklahoma State University.

Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics and Matt Hink (of AAFC) are travelling to Iguazu Falls, Brazil for the triennial conference of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE).  They will present the paper “An Empirical Investigation into the Determinants of Trade Policy Bias”, co-authored with Chad Lawley.

Ryan Cardwell will also present an academic seminar at the University of Sao Paulo titled “What Happens to Food Aid When Commodity Prices Spike?”

Chad Lawley, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, is presenting a paper based on his conservation easements research this week at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting in Seattle.  Chad’s research on Manitoba conservation easements was also featured in an editorial in the August 9 edition of the Manitoba Cooperator.

Dr Xiaoyun Xu, Associate Professor in Food Science Department, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, will spend the next five months as a visiting researcher at the U of M. She will be working on a potato project with Gary Fulcher, Trust Beta, and Arnie Hydamaka establishing a portfolio of composition, nutrition and functional food factors of select potato varieties grown in Manitoba.

Weiwei Guo, Food Science M.Sc. student, successfully defended her thesis “Antioxidant properties of alkaline extracts from insoluble and soluble dietary fibre derived from selected whole-grain cereals” supervised by Trust Beta.

Constance Chiremba, Food Science Ph.D. student, successfully defended her dissertation “Sorghum and maize grain hardness: Their measurement and factors influencing hardness” co-supervised by Trust Beta. Her doctoral degree will be conferred by the University of Pretoria (South Africa) on September 7, 2012.

Michelle Wetton, Entomology M.Sc. student, defended her thesis "Effect of waste loading from freshwater cage aquaculture on benthic invertebrates: an integrated approach." She was supervised by Terry Galloway and Cheryl Podemski.

Kristin Hynes, Entomology M.Sc. student, defended her thesis "The rapid bioassessment of lakes: protocol design and testing in Manitoba's boreal shield." She was supervised by Cheryl Podemski.

Aggies Lift the Trophy! The finest soccer talents in the University community were displayed at this year's Graduate Students' Association soccer tournament held on Saturday, July 28 at the U of M outdoor soccer complex.  The Aggies won the tournament with a spectacular teamwork that saw them scoring a total of 8 goals in two matches. They defeated the Faculty of Engineering 5-2 and Faculty of Medicine 3-1. Atta Agyekum of Animal Science had the highest number of goals for the Aggies.


Visvalingam, J., Holley, R.A. 20 June 2012. Temperature-dependent effect of sublethal levels of cinnamaldehyde on viability and morphology of Escherichia coli. Journal of Applied Microbiology. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.2012.05367.x.

Olatuyi, S. O., Akinremi, O. O., Flaten, D. N. and Lobb, D. A. 2012. Solute transport in a hummocky landscape: I. Two-dimensional redistribution of bromide. Can. J. Soil Sci. 92: 609–629.

Macfadyen, S.,  S. Cunningham, A.C. Costamagna, and N.A. Schellhorn. 2012. Managing ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes: are the solutions the same? Journal of Applied Ecology 49: 690 - 694.

L.W. Bell, B. Sparling, M. Tenuta, and M.H. Entz. 2012. Soil profile carbon and nutrient stocks under long-term conventional and organic crop and alfalfa-crop rotations and re-established grassland. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 158:56– 163.

Howard Ferris, Bryan S. Griffiths, Dorota L. Porazinska, Thomas O. Powers, Koon-Hui Wang, and Mario Tenuta. 2012. Reflections on Plant and Soil Nematode Ecology: Past, Present and Future. Journal of Nematology. Journal of Nematology 44:115–126.


Jared Carlberg, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was interviewed by CBC-TV Winnipeg on July 16th. Jared was asked about the implications of the drought currently plaguing much of North America for Manitoba farmers. He observed that commodity price increases due to weather-induced supply shortages could be a boon to Manitoba producers, but that they need more rain and cooler temperatures to help get a bumper crop into the bin. He also noted that higher food prices resulting from commodity price increases could be a troubling development for less affluent Manitobans.

Derek Brewin, was quoted in the article "For corn growers, it's the cream of the crop" in the Winnipeg Free Press (July 24). Derek talked about how the high price of corn is affecting agricultural production in Manitoba.

Carollyne Kehler, M.Sc. student in Animal Science, was interviewed in the article "Cattle hauling comes under scrutiny" in the Manitoba Co-operator (August 9). She is conducting a Canada-wide study aimed at better understanding how conditions of transport affect animal health and welfare as well as carcass quality.  See page 15.

Ed Tyrchniewicz, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was featured for his induction into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame in two newspaper articles. The Western Producer (July 12) had an article entitled ”Professor taught real life agriculture” (see page 18), and the Manitoba Co-operator included Ed’s induction citation in the August 16 edition.

Doug Cattani, Plant Science, was interviewed in the article "Perennial potential" in the Manitoba Co-operator (July 12). Doug has been exploring perennial grains and this summer has three field trials underway, looking at intermediate wheatgrass, perennial cereal rye and perennial wheat. See page 17.

Kateryn Rochon, Entomology, gave an interview to CBC and Radio-Canada (in both official languages) on August 1 about the mosquitoes that transmit WNV.  This was also picked-up on the CBC Health News website. She also gave an interview to the Globe and Mail, also about WNV and mosquitoes.

Terry Galloway, Entomology, attended Prairie Day near Tolstoi on Saturday and was the feature photo for an article on the event on Steinbach Online.

Peter Jones, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, was featured in the article "Gut-busting bacteria" in the Winnipeg Free Press (July 13). The story highlighted a recent study that looked at the impact of probiotic consumption on body fat.


U1 Orientation Needs Meeters and Greeters - Once again, volunteers are needed to help welcome students and give directions to various homeroom locations on campus on the morning of Tuesday, September 4 or Wednesday, September 5. To register, visit or contact Cora Dupuis, Student Leadership Coordinator at 204.474.7383 or to sign up.

The Grain Research Laboratory has just released its newsletter Harvest Science and the theme for this issue is explaining the variety registration system.

The Award Trustees and World University Service of Canada (WUSC) are now accepting applications for the 2012 Lewis Perinbam Award in International Development, which has a monetary value of $2500.  Nominations will be accepted until Friday, September 16, 2012. The Award recognizes significant volunteer efforts that improve people’s lives in the developing world, that engage and inspire Canadians and others to undertake volunteer action, and that identify new ways of thinking and/or addressing difficult development challenges.  The Award commends individuals who make a noteworthy volunteer contribution to international development, rather than paid professionals in this arena. However, paid professionals, who make a significant voluntary effort, over and above their normal employment, are also eligible for the Perinbam Award. For more information, visit:

Canada World Youth (CWY) is looking for host homes, and volunteer work partners. CWY offers international educational programs to young people aged 17 to 30. Since 1971, more than 35,000 youth from Canada and around the world have participated in CWY projects in 67 countries. With CWY, groups of 18 young people from different cultures leave their homes to spend a total of six months together – three months in a Canadian community and three months in a community overseas. Host Homes: Hosts are a vital part of the community experience - they are currently looking for homes interested in providing accommodation to two young adults from early September until early December. Volunteer Work Partners - Youth Volunteers spend 3 to 4 days per week working in pairs, doing volunteer work in a local organization. They are looking for work placements to host them. If you are interested contact Anne-Marie Henry at (204) 887-0980 or

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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