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September 6, 2012


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.

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, September 11 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am. Dr. Mason Kulbaba, University of Manitoba, Department of Biological Sciences is the invited speaker on the topic  “Selection by hawkmoth and hummingbird pollinators on Polemonium brandegeei (Polemoniaceae): compromise phenotypes or floral mosaics?”  Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

Curriculum Committee will meet on Wednesday, September 12, at 3:00 pm in Dean's Conference Room, Room 252 Agriculture Building.

The CIFST Annual Wine and Cheese Event will be held on Wednesday, September 12 at 6:00 pm at the Richardson Centre For Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals. The event will include featured speaker Mila Maximets, Solberry Inc., and an opportunity for networking.  Wine, cheese and other light refreshments will be served. Cost: CIFST Members Free; Non-CIFST members $10. Advanced registration only. Please RSVP by September 9 by e-mailing  More info online.

The University of Manitoba Visionary Conversations series is continuing for 2012-13. The first one will be on Wednesday, September 12 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre. "We Need to Talk About Racism" will challenge us to examine our own values and beliefs and whether we have achieved progress in building a society that embraces diversity and promotes equality.

Faculty Council will meet on Thursday, September 13 at 1:00 pm in the Richardson International Auditorium, Room 172 Agriculture Building.

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, with tours and refreshments planned. 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, and this year Manitoba Pork will offer a free pork lunch from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. There will also be extra hands-on activities, including hatching chicks, new piglets (only a few days old!), vanilla ice cream, a dairy barn tour at 10 (20 people max), and games for the kids. The Centre will also be celebrating its one-year birthday so there will be cake! Open Farm Day is a province-wide event that 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

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, September 18 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am. Dr. Bob Lamb, Cereal Research Centre, AAFC is the invited Speaker on the topic “Estimating population variability: Does it matter when, in a life cycle, you measure abundance?”  Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

The first seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series for 2012-2013 will be held on Wednesday, September 19 in the Richardson International Auditorium, 172 Agriculture Building.  Terry Galloway, Entomology, will be presenting "Biodiversity of ectoparasites on birds in Manitoba: a veterinary entomologist takes a walk on the wild side".  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Manitoba Institute of Agrologists 2012 Annual Fall BBQ will be held Thursday, September 20 at Kelburn Farm, Richardson International (10 km south of Winnipeg on Highway 75). Registration and Networking: 5:00 p.m. Dinner and Program: 6:00 p.m. $30 Members and Guests $15 Students Keynote speaker is Dr. Michael Trevan, Dean, and a presentation of MIA Distinguished Agrologist Award will be made to Faculty alum Ted Bailey. To register, email or phone 204.275.3721. Read more at

2012 Fall Teaching PD  Workshops offered by University Teaching Service - on Tuesday, September 25, "Setting up Gradebook in D2L" with facilitators Ryan Nicholson and Sol Chu. For details and registration visit

The CIFST Supplier Expo will be held on Wednesday, September 26 at the Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Avenue. Registration - 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Seminars - 1:30 – 3:15 p.m. Tradeshow - 3:15 – 6:00 p.m. Attendance to the seminars and tradeshow is free of charge but preregistration is required at or (204) 795-7968 in Winnipeg. More info at

Biosystems Engineering Thesis Defence - Joe Nelson Ackerman, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biosystems Engineering, will defend his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Reclaiming Phosphorus as Struvite from Hog Manure” on Friday, October 5 at 10:30 am in E2 - 361 EITC.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Aging is holding a "Speaking of Aging" Tour across Canada this fall. The University of Manitoba Town Hall will take place on Wednesday, October 10 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm in Theatre B, Basic Medical Sciences Building, Bannatyne Campus. To learn more and to register, visit

The 17th Annual Fields on Wheels Conference themed "Agribusiness Logistics in Turbulent Times" will be held on November 9 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


The University of Manitoba issued a news release today regarding first day enrolment numbers, noting that the U of M enrolment is up 2.9 per cent over last year. It highlighted the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and the School of Agriculture as having the largest increases, at 16.1% and 16.5% respectively.

The Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre played host to the present-day Lord Selkirk of Douglas for a special tour on September 3.  Lord Selkirk is visiting Manitoba as part of the Bicentenary Celebration of the Selkirk Settlers - read all about the celebration at

Kees Plaizier and Ehsan Khafipour, Animal Science, visited Denmark August 12-18 to attend and present the Bi-Annual International Symposium on Microbial Ecology in Copenhagen,  and discuss collaboration with the Chr. Hansen company and the University of Copenhagen. Kees also visited the University of Wageningen in The Netherlands.

Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was named President of the Canadian Council of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) at the triennial (IAAE) meetings in Brazil last week.

David Lobb, Soil Science, has been appointed as member of the Geosciences Evaluation Group Committee of NSERC for a three-year term ending June 30, 2015.

Brian Amiro, Associate Dean (Academic), will be speaking at a luncheon for the local chapter of the Canadian Association of Farm Advisors in Winnipeg on September 12 on the topic "Students in Agricultural and Food Sciences: Recent Trends and Outlook".

Woo Kyun Kim, Animal Science, became a hononary scientist and advisory committee in Rural Development Administration-Korean Department of Agriculture.

Woo Kyun Kim also gave a presentation entitled "Regulation of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Differentiation" as an invited speaker at the 2012 Canada Korean Science and Engineering Conference in Whistler, BC.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Plant Science Graduate Student Association Summer Charity Barbeque in July. The weather was great, food delicious and we hope everyone enjoyed themselves. Based on monies raised, a $500 donation is being made to Agriculture in the Classroom. Thank you, and we look forward to next year's event! Thank you also to the U of M Alumni Association, Danny's Whole Hog, and Monsanto for sponsoring the event.

Thank you to all staff and students that volunteered to be U1 Meeters and Greeters this week - the new students appreciated the friendly faces and helpful directions!  The Faculty also hosted a special orientation session for its first ever direct entry degree students. Classes began today for all degree students.


Aaron Glenn, Mario Tenuta, Brian Amiro, Siobhan Maas, and Claudia Wagner-Riddle. 2012. Nitrous oxide emissions from an annual crop rotation on poorly drained soil on the Canadian Prairies. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 166-167:41-49.

Although milling is one of humanity's oldest industries, there are still significant innovations taking place in the industry.  This chapter (a joint international collaboration between the University of Manitoba and the University of Manchester) examines some of the substantial developments that have taken place in the milling industry following the widespread adoption of debranning technologies and its implications for food quality and safety.  The chapter also highlights research innovations from agriculture and other industrial sectors that are reshaping control processes within mills. Campbell, G. M., Webb, C., Owens, G. W. and Scanlon, M. G. 2012. Milling and flour quality. pp. 188-215 in: Bread Making, Improving Quality (2nd ed.), S. P. Cauvain (ed.), Woodhead Publishing Ltd: Cambridge, GB.


Brett Sheffield, Diploma student, was featured in the article "Growing Dollars and Sense" in the Canadian Farm Manager on August 31. This is a great article that details Brett's journey to the national Student Entrepreneur Championship.

Ed Tyrchniewicz, Senior Scholar in Agribusiness, was interviewed by PBS Television for a 4-part documentary on the history of agriculture in the Great Plains.

Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, was interviewed in the article "Researchers look to composting to improve manure as fertilizer" in the Manitoba Co-operator (August 30). Go to page 8.

Martin Entz, Plant Science, was interviewed in the article "Full house at U of M ecological and organic field day" in the Manitoba Co-operator (August 23). See page 19.

Sean Thompson, M.Sc. student in Animal Science, and his work on residual feed intake was featured in the article "RFI can improve herd profitability" in the Manitoba co-operator (August 23). Read it on page 35.

Ryan Murphy, Food Science student, was featured in the article "Students test the marketplace" in the Western producer (September 6). The story highlights Ryan's involvement in the Nu Eats Food Innovation project in which students conduct consumer research on mande-in-Manitoba food products. Read the article on page 21..

Doug Cattani, Plant Science, was interviewed in the article "Potential lies in native prairie perennials" in the Western Producer (August 30) about his work on perennial cropping. Read it on page 5.

Sean Asselin, Ph.D. student in Plant Science, was interviewed in the article "Perennial sunflowers?" in the Western Producer (August 16). Sean is exploring high yielding, disease resistant perennial grain crop sunflowers. Read more on page 63.

Paul Gregoire, M.Sc. student in Plant Science, was interviewed in the article "Roundup Ready canola threatens soybean crops" in the Western Producer (August 16). Paul's research, partially funded by Monsanto Canada, is designed to determine the economic threshold of volunteer canola in soybeans and investigate seed production of volunteer canola in soybeans. Read the whole article on page 64.


The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is partnering with Farm Credit Canada (FCC) to make farm communities safer through the FCC Ag Safety Fund. CASA will be accepting applications for the third consecutive year from charitable and non-profit organizations that need support to deliver various farm safety training programs in their communities or across Canada. Approximately $100,000 will be distributed among successful applicants. Applications to the FCC Ag Safety Fund will be accepted online from September 13, 2012 through to October 25, 2012.  For more details, visit

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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