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April 3, 2013


An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, April 4 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm.  Sakaria Liban, M.Sc. student in Plant Science, will be presenting "From Crop Rotation to Cultivar Rotation: Moving Forward in Canola Blackleg Management”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

A Food Science Graduate Seminar will be held on Friday, April 5 in Room 245 Ellis Building at 10:30 am. Yao Wu will be presenting "Comparison of Chlorination and Heat Treatment of Soft Wheat Flour for Cake Baking".  The seminar is 30 minutes and is followed by a ten minute question period.

A Food Science Graduate Seminar will be held on Monday, April 8 in Room 245 Ellis Building at 10:30 am. Mingjue Wu will be presenting "Effect of Potato Processing and Storage Conditions on the Production of Resistant Starch".  The seminar is 30 minutes and is followed by a ten minute question period.

A Special Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, April 9 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 11:30 am. The seminar is in honour of Dr. T.K. Cheung with speaker Dr. John Webb, Director of Emerging Science at Maple Leaf Foods, Inc., presenting "Future challenges for the livestock and food industry – a processors view".

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, April 11 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm.  Atta Mohamed Soliman, Ph.D. Candidate, Plant Science, will be presenting "Biochemical and Functional Characterization of Barley ADP-Glucose Transporter Gene and its Impact on Starch Yield and Composition".  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

The National Centre for Livestock and the Environment is hosting a special anaerobic digestion seminar on Tuesday, April 16 at 3:00 pm in Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, 130 Agriculture Building. Elsie Jordaan, PhD candidate, Biosystems Engineering, will present "Anaerobic Digestion in Wisconsin - A Case Study". Anaerobic digestion is a growing industry Wisconsin, with numerous farm-scale dairy digesters in operation, producing 121 000 MWh of energy annually.  Wisconsin’s first community digester has recently started operating in Dane County. This case study will look at various aspects of the Dane County Community Digester, such as operation, feedstock, biogas and digestate use, issues, and benefits. Currently there are no operating farm-scale anaerobic digesters in Manitoba. However, a demonstration project by Manitoba Hydro is underway near Winkler. A brief case study will contrast the drivers of anaerobic digestion in Wisconsin and Manitoba.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm - all are welcome.

The seventh and final seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, April 17 at 3:30 pm in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre 130 Agriculture Building.  Chad Lawley, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, will be presenting "Conservation Easements in Agricultural Landscapes: Win-win?".  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Itching to get into the garden?  Want to try to reduce household waste going into the landfill?  Interested in recycling your grass clippings?  Join the Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre’s Composting Workshop on Saturday, April 20, 10:30 am to 12 pm.  The Green Action Centre will be leading the event and talk about the practical steps necessary in creating a backyard composting system.  Cost is $10+GST and includes entrance to Discovery Centre exhibits.  Registration by April 12 preferred.  Email or call Siobhan at (204) 883-2524.

The next Faculty Council will be Monday, April 22 at 10:30 am in the Richardson Auditorium, 172 Agriculture Building.

Come celebrate and eat locally made food! The Farm & Food Discovery Centre is hosting a Made in Manitoba Breakfast on Saturday, May 4, from 9am to 12pm. Hosted with the help of Agriculture in the Classroom, this event will be sure to put a smile on your face.  There will be activities for the kids and the opportunity to discover and explore the world of food production with the Discovery Centre exhibits.  Cost is $25 family, $8 adults, $6 youth, $2 children 2-6, and includes breakfast, exhibits and activities.  We are still looking for volunteers to help cook and serve breakfast.  Please contact Siobhan at if you are interested in helping.

The Manitoba Community for Women in Engineering, Science, Technology, and Trades (MCWESTT) Conference Committee would like to invite the University of Manitoba faculty members and their students to attend the first Biennial MCWESTT Conference on May 10 at the Fairmont Hotel.  For more information please go to the website at  Registration is now open, and Early Bird registration ends April 9! The conference is open to all genders. Up to 50 student sponsorships are available so that some students can register for free – 23 students have already taken advantage of this opportunity – please tell your student to sign up for a free registration by emailing


Peter B.E. McVetty, Plant Science, was recently awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal “in recognition of his contributions to Canada”. This medal recognizes the success in canola/rapeseed research and development achieved by the University of Manitoba canola/rapeseed research team over the last 30 years. 

Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was voted Teacher of the Year by the 2013 Graduating Degree Class. It was presented at the Degree Grads Farewell Banquet on March 23.

Congrats to the Stockman's Club team members who competed at a livestock judging competition recently at Lakeland College in Alberta. The team consisted of Lisa Wiens, Lynne Poiron, Jesse Smith, Anna Donohoe, and Emily Roos. Lisa did very well in the individual presentations, taking first place in Horses, Mystery Class, and Overall Oral Reasons and second place in Dairy.  The team placed first in Team Overall Dairy, second in Team Overall Oral Reasons, and third in both Team Overall Sheep and Team Overall Mystery Class.

Jared Carlberg, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, presented a paper entitled “Canadian Consumers Knowledge & Perceptions of Sustainability Labeled Products” at the European Association of Agricultural Economists’ conference “Labels on Sustainability: An Issue for Consumers, Producers, Policymakers and NGOs” on March 21-22 in Paris, France.

Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was named “researcher of the week” for the CHRR in March (

Resulting from a presentation in Banff early this year, Martin Nyachoti in Animal Science has been invited to speak at a Global Eubiotics Focus Group meeting in Manhattan, Kansas April 16-19. The event is hosted by DSM Nutritional Products and will feature several experts from around the world and attended by representatives from large feed companies and/or pig producers from each global region. Title of his presentation will be “Potential role of feed enzymes on gut health in piglets”.


 Ndolo, V.U., and Beta, T. 2013. Distribution of carotenoids in endosperm, germ, and aleurone fractions of cereal grain kernels. Food Chemistry 139: 663–671.

Goh, T. B.; Karamanos, R. E.; Lee, J.  2013.  Effects of phosphorus form on short-term solubility and availability in soils.  Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis 44: 1/4, 136-144.

Kasischke, E.S., B.D. Amiro, N.N. Barger, N.H.F. French, S.J. Goetz, G, Grosse, M.E. Harmon, J.A. Hicke, S. Liu, and J.G. Masek.  2013. Impacts of disturbance on the terrestrial carbon budget of North America.  J. Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences 118: 1-14.


Tune in Monday, April 8 to the CTV Morning Live show where they will be broadcasting - live of course - from the Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre.  Show begins at 6 am, with five guest segments throughout the show. Set your PVR!

Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, will be presenting an outlook for canola on “Market Prospects 2013”, a segment on CTV’s Farmgate to be broadcast on April 6. Check it out on the U of S site:

Brian Oleson, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, recalled a fascinating story from his days with the Canadian Wheat Board in the early 1990s in the article "An agricultural connection to the Iran hostage crisis" in the Manitoba Co-operator (March 21). Read it on page 5 at

The recent Ecological and Organic Farming conference at the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm was highlighted in several articles in the Manitoba Co-operator (March 21). Read them on pages 17, 20 and 34 at


Do you know a support staff member or team that deserves recognition? Nominate them for the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Support Staff Award. The Faculty has two annual awards recognizing the outstanding contributions by Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences support staff. Complete details ( and nomination form ( are available online.  Deadline is Wednesday, May 1.

The 2nd Annual Ag Shed Building Challenge - HAMMER FOR HOPE - is scheduled for Thursday, October 3, 2013 / 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Habitat for Humanity builds homes for those in need of a hand up. However, the modest, energy efficient homes they build do not have garages. As a substitute for much needed storage space for yard supplies and outdoor equipment, they need your help to build sheds. Habitat Manitoba invites you and your staff to pick up hammers and construct sheds for Habitat families in a fun contest. Enter a team and help Habitat for Humanity continue the fight to eliminate poverty housing. Show your fellow Ag industry colleagues that your team can build it best by competing in Habitat for Humanity Manitoba’s 2nd annual Hammer for Hope! Team size: 8-10 volunteers (two members of each team with carpentry & power tool experience will be designated Team Leaders). Team entry fee: $2,500 (pledge forms available if fundraising). Registration required by July 12, 2013 with a deposit of $500.  Full entry fee required by August 16, 2013. Limited to the first 20 teams.  If someone is willing to become a Faculty team leader, please contact Crystal at 204-474-9435 or

Nuffield Scholarship - The Canadian Nuffield Agricultural Scholarship Association is accepting applications for their 2014 program. Applications are due by April 30, 2013 and forms can be downloaded from the Nuffield Canada website at Nuffield Scholarships are awarded to enthusiastic individuals, with a passion for agriculture and a desire to expand your knowledge, pursue new ideas and to share your findings with others. Applicants should be in mid-career, be between the ages of 25 and 45 (although exceptions are made) and must be actively engaged in farming, agi-forestry or some other agricultural related industry.

DFAIT has extended the deadline for student and faculty scholarships applications (ELAP, Canada-CARICOM Leadership, Canada-Chile Leadership and Faculty Leadership). The Office of International Relations is therefore, extending the internal U of M deadline to April 8, 2013 (instead of the national deadline of April 17).  Contact Helen at 204-474-8590 or

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