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February 21, 2013


A series of talks on the applications of Illumina next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology will be held at the Gut Microbiome Laboratory, Department of Animal Science. During these events, an Illumina expert will present an overview of NGS, discussing the basic concepts as well as the current status of metagenomics and small genome research. Join us to learn how Illumina NGS technology can drive your research forward. The talks are planned as follow. For more information please contact Dr Ehsan Khafipour at Thursday February 21, 1:00-2:00, Room 220 Anim Sci Bldg; Tuesday March 5, 2:30-4:00, Room 219 Anim Sci Bldg.

The Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources seminar series presents a public lecture by Dr. Vaclav Smil, Distinguished Professor Emeritus on Thursday, February 21 at 2:30 pm in Room 221 Wallace Building. Dr. Smil will present "Harvesting the Biosphere", which will summarize the findings of his latest book that examines all harvests (from prehistoric man's hunting of megafauna to modern crop production) and all uses of harvested biomass, including energy, food, and raw materials. As he points out, these harvests were the foundation of human evolution and remain the foundation of modern civilization; at the same time, the increasing extent and intensity of present-day biomass harvests are changing the very nature of civilization's well- being.

A Soil Science Seminar will be held on Monday, February 25 in Room 346 Ellis Building at 12:30 pm.  Krista Hanis, PhD. Candidate, will present "Life at a Subarctic Research Station at Churchill Manitoba"  All are welcome to attend.

An Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, February 26 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 11:30 am.  Gustavo Mejicanos (M.Sc) will be presenting “Canola meal and the feed industry” (Extension).

The Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba, presents a guest lecture by Dewey Thorbeck, Adjunct Professor of Architecture and Director of the Center for Rural Design, University of Minnesota. He will present "Rural Design: Partnering for Rural Futures" on Wednesday, February 27 at 6 pm in Centre Space, John A. Russell Building in the Faculty of Architecture. The presentation will discuss rural design as an important new design discipline that can assist rural communities in shaping their futures. Rural design brings design thinking and the problem-solving process of design to rural issues, recognizing that human, animal, and environmental systems are inextricably coupled and engaged in continuous cycles of mutual influence and response.

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, February 28 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm.  Harun Cicek, Ph.D. Candidate, Plant Science, will be presenting "What Do Cover Crops and Livestock Have in Common?".  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

Genome Prairie, in collaboration with Genome Canada and other Genome Centres, is hosting an Agri-Food Sector Reception on Thursday, February 28, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Winnipeg Fairmont Hotel (Wellington Ballroom).  Please join us for a special reception featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Vincent Amanor-Boadu, a renowned expert in agri-business strategy. Dr. Vincent is an engaging speaker whose talks will be focused around “Transformative Creativity: Rethinking Competitiveness in Canada’s Agri-Food Sector”.  For more information or to complete the registration form before Friday, February 22, visit  Space is limited.

A Food Science Graduate Seminar will be held on Friday, March 1 in Room 245 Ellis Building at 10:30 am. Debra Shaluk will be presenting "Strategies to Reduce Acrylamide Formation in Potato Chips".  The seminar is 30 minutes and is followed by a ten minute question period.

The Transport Institute conference Northern Exposure 2: Realities of Remote Logistics will be held Friday, March 1 at the Fort Garry Hotel. Looking at the challenge of transportation in the North, the program begins with a view from the land.  Perspectives are offered from consumers, retail distributors and commercial logistics providers. This is followed, in the next two sessions, by discussions on air, road and marine options, looking at both current and future possibilities.  At the luncheon between these two sessions, attendees will hear a status report on climate change in the North from a leading expert in the field.  The afternoon ends with a panel discussion that addresses issues of transportation and economic development in a changing northern climate. Register today by visiting

A Soil Science Seminar will be held on Monday, March 4 in Room 346 Ellis Building at 12:30 pm.  Rotimi Ojo, Ph.D. candidate, will present "Influence of composted sawdust and organo-mineral fertilizer on the growth and yield of Okra"  All are welcome to attend.

An Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, March 5 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 11:30 am.  Sean Thompson (M.Sc.) will be presenting “Predicting Residual Feed Intake of Angus Bulls Using Infrared Thermography” (Poster).

The Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics is delighted to announce that Dr. William Wilson will present the Fifth Annual Daryl F. Kraft Lecture on Tuesday, March 5.  Please join us at the Richardson International Auditorium (172 Agriculture Building) for coffee at 2:30 pm.  Dr. Wilson’s lecture, entitled “Pressures and Challenges for Improving Technologies in Crops”, will begin at 3:00 pm.  Dr. Wilson earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba in 1980.  He is a Professor in the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University, Fargo, and in 2007 was named as one of NDSU’s Distinguished University Professors.  His research program at North Dakota State University is focused on grain marketing, transportation, international trade, and marketing and logistics. 

The annual Soils and Crops Conference will be held March 5-6 in Saskatoon, SK.  See for more information.

A Food Science Graduate Seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 6 in Room 245 Ellis Building at 10:30 am. Nazanin Vafaei will be presenting "Effects of Formulation and Fermentation Control on the Quality of Frozen Doughs for Breadmaking".  The seminar is 30 minutes and is followed by a ten minute question period.

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, March 7 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm.  Caroline Halde, Ph.D. Candidate, Plant Science, will be presenting "Organic No-till Field Crop Production: Possible?".  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

A Food Science Graduate Seminar will be held on Friday, March 8 in Room 245 Ellis Building at 10:30 am. May-Fong Yee will be presenting "Effects of Irradiation on Meat Odour and Flavour".  The seminar is 30 minutes and is followed by a ten minute question period.

The Manitoba Direct Farm Marketing Conference will be March 8-9 at the Parkland Recreational Complex, 200-1st Street SE, Dauphin, Manitoba. Discover new marketing concepts, market trends and great ideas to take home to your farmers’ market, agri-food or agritourism venture! For more info or to register online visit:

The Ecological and Organic Farming Conference will be held Saturday, March 9 at the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm in Carman, MB. The University of Manitoba’s 4th Year Agroecology students are coordinating this conference in collaboration with Martin Entz and the Natural Systems Agriculture Program. The Agroecology program is part of the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba. The conference will be farmer-focused and interactive. There will be a mix of presentations from farmers and researchers with time for questions and discussion. This event is open to all - registration is $15 and includes lunch. Registration is at 8:30 am, and conference is 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. You must pre-register by phone: 204-474-8563 or by email to: Check back in the coming weeks for program info at

The Critical Conversations Seminar Series will feature Annemieke Farenhorst, NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, Prairie Region, and Department of Soil Science, and Rob Penner, University College of the North, on Monday, March 11 when they will present "Engaging the youth and leaders of tomorrow in water rights issues: What works?"  at 2:30-4 p.m. in Room 206 Robson Hall. The seminar series is organized by the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Human Rights Research, with support from the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering in the Prairie region. Critical Conversations seminars in previous years focused on The Idea of a Human Rights Museum and Indian Residential Schools, Truth and Reconciliation. For more information, visit

An Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, March 12 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 11:30 am.  Mathieu Pinette (M.Sc.) and Bishwo Pokharel (M.Sc.) will be presenting “Development of a Quadriplex Fluorescent Microsphere Immunoassay (FMIA) for the Detection of Antibody Responses to Influenza A and Newcastle Disease Viruses” (Poster) and “Swine in Nepal” (Extension).

Soil Science M.Sc. Thesis Defense - Jennifer Nielsen will present "Brine-Contaminated Soil Remediation Processes" on Thursday, March 14 at 10:30 a.m. Room 346 Ellis Building.

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, March 14 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm.  Braulio Soto-Cerda, Ph.D. Candidate, Plant Science, will be presenting "Association Mapping for Agronomic and Seed Quality Traits in Flax".  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

Don't miss Discover Agriculture in the City, a free, three-day event featuring interactive displays and live presentations from key organizations in the agriculture industry that will take place March 15-17 downtown at the Forks Market. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, along with partner organizations, have developed this event for urban Canadians to explore and discover the important role agriculture plays in their lives. Come see the Food Fight at the Forks featuring our very own food product development students, enjoy cooking demos and many other activities. For more information, visit

Starting March 18, the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals will offer its first of three exciting programs focused on: Analytical Sciences - March 18 to 28 (participants learn GLP, Sensory & Food Matrix Evaluation, Various Chromatography for Food Science and Technology Applications); Nutraceutical Pilot Plant - April 1 to 12 (participants learn modern technology developments and related regulatory compliance issues); and Food Safety, Health Claims and Nutritional Clinical Trials - April 15 to 26 (participants gain knowledge and practical experience in designing and conducting metabolic/clinical trials). Each training program is designed to be two weeks or 80 hours in length. Full-time students receive a special weekly rate, but seating is limited. To find out more or to register for these training programs go to: or call RCFFN at 204-474-7552.

The sixth seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, March 20 at 3:30 pm in the Richardson International Auditorium, 172 Agriculture Building.  Peter McVetty, Plant Science, will be presenting "Reflections on a Career in Plant Breeding".  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Food Science M.Sc. Thesis Defense - Sultana Perven will present "Effect of Hofmeister Salts on the compressibility of the protein bovine serum albumin" on Tuesday, March 19 at 1:30 pm in Room 245 Ellis Building. Everyone most welcome.

The Department of Human Nutritional Sciences invites you to a public lecture on Satiety and Weight Management by Dr. Susan Raatz, nutrition scientist with the USDA on Thursday, March 21 at 7 pm in the Robert B. Schultz Theater in St John’s College at the University of Manitoba. The session will be followed by a “Nutrition Round Up” discussion panel, where Dr. Raatz will be joined by experts from the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences. The panel will discuss the role of food in maintaining health.

Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Functional Foods and Natural Health Products Graduate Research Symposium on Friday, March 22, 8 am - 6 pm, at the CanadInns Fort Garry. (1824 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg). This event is organized by University of Manitoba graduate students in Human Nutritional Sciences, Food Science, and Pharmacy. The symposium will feature keynote presentations by Dr. Susan Raatz of the USDA, Naturopath Dr. Deirdre Jasper as well as high-quality oral and poster presentations by graduate students in the field. A networking event will be held in the afternoon to foster conversation between invited industry and government representatives, the students, and faculty members.  To register, please complete the form found here: or email us at Register by March 15 to take advantage of our early bird prices!

The Dr. Victor M. Bendelow Memorial Lectureship, hosted by the Department of Plant Science, presents "From Oilsands to Oilseeds" by Dr. Randall J. Weselake, Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair of the Agricultural Lipid Biotechnology Program in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta.  The lecture takes place on Wednesday, March 27, at 3:30 pm in the Richardson Auditorium, 172 Agriculture Building.  Dr. Weselake is best known for his research in the seed oil content found in major oilseed crops.  Please join us for refreshments at 3:00 pm.


David Levin, Biosystems Engineering, was recently awarded the Life Sciences Association of Manitoba Award for Outstanding Leadership in Research. This category is for the individual who demonstrates exemplary vision and leadership in life science research in Manitoba in such areas as public awareness, scientific discovery or commercial application. Read more about the award online.

The National Centre for Livestock and the Environment (NCLE) is pleased to announce two new appointments. Dr. Martin Scanlon, Food Science, has agreed to serve as the Chair of NCLE for a three-year term effective January 1, 2013.  Martin is replacing Dr. Don Flaten, Soil Science, who served in that capacity for a four-year period. Christine Rawluk, M.Sc., has returned to serve NCLE once again as the Research Development Coordinator.  Most recently, Christine worked with Dr. Kim Ominski in the Forage - Beef research program, greatly increasing her understanding of cattle production systems.  In the next months, the NCLE team will be completing the construction of the Agricultural Byproducts Processing Research and Demonstration Facility, which has already attracted more than $1.4 M in research funding and new partnerships, and will be launching NCLEÕs new website.

Michael Trevan, Dean, travelled to the Ukraine last week as part of a Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) delegation of 15 senior education leaders from 12 Canadian institutions with the aim of strengthening Ukrainian-Canadian higher education partnerships.  The first ever mission of this kind began in Kyiv with a workshop with 24 Ukrainian institutions where they discussed lessons learned from past higher education partnerships and emerging areas for collaboration such as agriculture and the environment. The group then travelled to Lviv to meet with more regional institutions. Several memorada of understanding were signed to formalize commitements to cooperation around higher education parnterships.

Sue Clayton, Dean's Office, served as the moderator of a panel on "Attracting Talent to the Ag Industry" at the national meeting of the Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers held in Banff last week. She guided four panelists through a discussion on the wealth of opportunities available within the agriculture industry.

Gary Martens and Joanne Thiessen Martens both presented at the Western Canadian Holistic Management Conference held in Russell, MB, February 12-13. Gary spoke on “The Movement of Holistic Management to Young People” and Joanne spoke on “Integrated Biological Systems for Food Production”. Approximately 200 conference participants, mainly farmers and ranchers from across western Canada, were in attendance.

Kris Dick, Biosystems Engineering, and some of his students have travelled to Honduras to work on a housing project called El Pueblo Creciente – The Growing Village. In addition to building a structure for a family of four, they are also working on projects such as a rainwater harvesting system, a new latrine design and a wood stove design. The project received funding from the Faculty's Endowment Fund. Visit their Facebook page for details and updates at

Ying Chen, Biosystems Engineering, recently received NSERC CRD funding of $11,320 with industrial partners Buhler Versatile Inc and Atom-Jet Group for a project on "Development of seed openers using modeling and experimental approaches".

Department of Animal Science Ph.D. students Hooman Derakhshani and Peris Munyaka and M.Sc. students Allan Kotz and Riley Hartmann will be presenting at the Prairie University Biology Symposium (PUBS) at University of Manitoba, February 21-23.

Peter Jones, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, recently participated with Benoit Lamarche, University of Laval, in a webcast sponsored by AAFC "Clinical Trial Design and Implementation for Purposes of Obtaining a Food-based Health Claim" on February 12. As well he travelled to Portland, Oregon and presented "Why Omega-3s are Essential for Optimal Athletic Performance?" with Leah Gillingham PhD at the Health Biz Expo sponsored by the National College of Natural Medicine on February 9.  He will be attending Agri-Food Discovery Place Workshop on February 22 sponsored by the University of Alberta and Agri-Food Discovery Place in Edmonton Alberta.  He will present "Moving from Discovery to Development: Commercialization of Food Products at the RCFFN" as part of the Value Added Medicinal and Nutritional Crops Workshop.

Check out the NCLE January-February Newsletter featuring "Transitioning from individual to group housing for sows - Barn conversion decision making tools". The NCLE Newsletter is a feature from the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment. Read the newsletter at


Guo W., and Beta, T. (2013) Phenolic acid composition and antioxidant potential of insoluble and soluble dietary fibre extracts derived from select whole-grain cereals. Food Research International 51: 518-525.


Jared Carlberg and Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, were quoted in stories in the Country Guide (February 15).  Jared was interviewed in the article "How High Can Land Go?", which looks at soaring land prices and what, or who, is driving them.  Derek was quoted in "Banking on farmers", an article that takes a close look at Farm Credit Canada, its impact on land prices and the loyalty of farmers to this agricultural lender.  Check both out online at

Martin Entz, Plant Science, was featured in the Grainews (February 11) article "Should the next step be to organic?". Martin encourages producers to think of their farm as a system, especially when considering moving to organic. Read the article on page 30 at at

Rick Holley, Food Science, was interviewed yesterday on CBC's Up to Speed and quoted in news stories on their website about the most recent recall of frozen beef burgers due to E. coli contamination. Read more at


Are you a student who is passionate about agriculture? Do you enjoy sharing your views with others? Then you need to enter the “Speaking of Agriculture” Speech Competition to be held on March 15 at The Forks.  First prize is $300.00 and an all-expense paid trip for the winner to the Toronto Royal Fair to compete in the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture Competition in November.  For more information and/or to register online go to or contact Diane Mauthe at - phone 204-471-9698. Registration deadline: February 25, 2013.

Emergency Text Message Notification System - On January 25, 2013 the U of M began transitioning to an improved system for delivering emergency text messages. All staff and students who previously registered their cell phones to receive a text message in the event of an emergency will be migrated to the new system. However you will be sent a text message asking you to re-subscribe or "opt-in" to the new service. The message will come from "30000035" (UMERG).  To "opt-in" reply with: JOIN UMERG. If you opt-in or re-subscribe to the service you will receive a confirmation or welcome message. If you do not want to remain in the database, do nothing. Simply ignore or delete the message. If you never subscribed to receive emergency notification alerts, but wish to register your cell phone or personal device now, text "JOIN UMERG" to 30000035 from your device. To unsubscribe text STOP UMERG to 30000035. If you have any further questions about the University's emergency notification systems visit

University Teaching Services invites all Instructors, Sessional Instructors and Faculty to enter their Annual Teaching Contest. To enter, submit either a 250-word narrative or a 1½ minute (max) video answering this question: “In what way does your teaching foster student success?”  All submissions will be entered for the prize draw for: Win an IPad, IPad Mini, or a Microsoft Surface.  Submission Deadline:  April 26, 2013. Draw will be held at the Annual UTS BBQ on June 7. For more details, please visit

The International 4-H Youth Ag-Summit, which runs August 19 – 25 in Calgary, aims to inspire young adults to share ideas and develop a plan of action on how to feed a hungry planet today and in the future.  Expenses paid if you are accepted, spots for Manitoba students still open, details at:

This is a Call for Oral and Poster Presentations for the 6th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture ( to be held in Winnipeg June 22-26, 2014. "Soil Health and Wallet Wealth" is the overall theme for the 6th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture because the path to sustainable long-term agricultural production starts with healthy soil. Agricultural production systems are not sustainable unless they are profitable and Conservation Agriculture is the key to building and maintaining healthy soils and profitable farming systems. Proposals for oral and poster presentations are to be submitted to ( following the guidelines for submission by September 1, 2013. All submissions will be reviewed and the corresponding author notified after review by the program committee by October 15. Questions on the papers for the 6th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture can be directed to: Jerry L. Hatfield (Program Chair) at

The Organization of American States (OAS) Fellowships Programs offers scholarships for study or research at the Master’s or Ph.D. level that lead to a degree at a university or educational institution in an OAS Member State (
Applicants are not eligible for a scholarship in the country of their citizenship or permanent residency. The studies must be carried out on a full-time basis and may be pursued by on-site, by distance education or a combination of both. The competition is open to students in all disciplines (natural sciences, engineering, humanities, social sciences and arts). Scholarships are not offered for studies in the medical sciences and the learning of new languages. Application deadline: March 18, 2013. For more information, see details online at

The Government of Canada is pleased to announce the launch of the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP), the Canada-CARICOM Leadership Exchange Program and the Canada-Chile Leadership Exchange Program for the 2013-2014 academic year. Canadian postsecondary institutions wishing to invite candidates to study or conduct research in Canada are invited to apply online by April 8, 2013. Students must arrive in Canada before February 3, 2014.  For more information, visit Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program: Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program: Canada-Chile Leadership Exchange Scholarship:

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada is seeking applications for the Commonwealth Scholarship Plan – India. The Indian Council for Cultural Relations  offers scholarships for one year of study in India at the Master's or PhD level or for one year of research in India toward a Canadian PhD. This scholarship is tenable as of September 2013 and may be renewed. Deadline: February 20, 2013. For more information, 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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