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May 15, 2013


The Farm & Food Discovery Centre is hosting a Gardening Made Easy workshop on Saturday, May 18 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.  Learn some easy gardening tips with Louise May from Aurora Farm.  We will transplant seedling tomatoes into a cold frame outside, plant cucumber seeds into compostable pots to take home and learn many easy techniques to gardening.  We will even learn how to grow potatoes without using a pot!  Louise will speak about her small farm where she raises goats and alpacas, makes her own cheese and grows veggies that she sells at St. Norbert Farmer's Market.  Cost: $10+ GST and $5 material costs.  Register at and visit for more information.

Sponsored by the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of the Environment, Earth and Resources, the Geological Association of Canada - Mineraological Association of Canada Annual Meeting is offering a free public presentation entitled "The Drowning and Draining of Manitoba: From Lake Agassiz to Today" on Wednesday, May 22 at 7:00 pm in the Presentation Theatre at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.  Dr. Jim Teller, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geological Sciences, will provide an historical overview of Manitoba's flooding (and draining) beginning 12,000 years ago with the retreat of the Laurentian Ice Sheet and the formation of Lake Agassiz. He will talk about the geological formations that resulted, and the modern drainage patterns that were established, including the human-made 48-km Red River Floodway.

Genome Prairie is pleased to invite you to an information session regarding a new Genome Canada funding competition known as the Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP). The GAPP will offer an opportunity for stakeholders to advance genomic-based technologies towards commercialization across all life science sectors. Learn more about GAPP and the application process by joining us and representatives from Genome Canada for an information session on Tuesday, May 28 from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Richardson Centre, 196 Innovation Drive (Room 124).  Lunch will be provided. Register for this information session at before Thursday, May 23.  See attached agenda for more details. Registration is open to potential applicants and relevant stakeholders only.

It's time once again for Campus Beautification Day on Thursday, May 23 (Rain day - May 24) beginning at 9 am and continuing throughout the day. Please volunteer some time out of your busy day to help make our campus beautiful, meet and have fun with co-workers and maybe win some prizes. Refreshments and lunch for all volunteers! Bring your travel coffee mug to this eco-friendly event. Prize draws include two return tickets to any WestJet destination in Canada or the contiguous U.S.  This year we will be doing general spring cleanup, raking, weeding, and planting flowers. There will be some extra gardening tools available, but it would be helpful if you could bring your work gloves, spades and rakes (if you have), and wear suitable footwear. Talk to your department office for more information

4-H Canada is holding its 100th Anniversary Celebrations at the end of May here in Manitoba. They have multiple activities planned including a Gala Reception and Banquet on Thursday, May 30 at the Fairmont Winnipeg Hotel (with keynote speaker Dr. Roberta Bondar) and a Night at the 4-H Museum in Roland, MB, on Friday, May 31.  Read more about it at

Preserve your own food this summer! Take part in a Canning & Food Preservation Clinic at the Farm & Food Discovery Centre on Saturday, June 1 from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm to learn all about freezing berries and sauces, canning peaches, pickles and tomato soup, and dehydrating herbs and fruit. Cost: $30+GST, includes jars, recipes, and preserves.  Only 20 spots available! Call or email to reserve a spot today! Feel free to bring a lunch.  More info at or at

BioAccess Commercialization Centre and Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals invite you to a meeting on Monday, June 3 at 1:00 pm in the Lecture Theatre, Richardson Centre, to hear the results of recent baseline survey of Canadian consumers’ perceptions of healthy food, ingredients and natural health products.  The survey was conducted by Ipsos-Reid for the purpose of assisting Canadian companies in the sector gain a competitive advantage in the Canadian marketplace through a better understanding of the consumer.  The meeting will provide an opportunity to hear an in-depth presentation of the survey results, have an opportunity to ask questions and receive a hard copy of the survey results.  Contact Bev Stangeland to register or for more information at or (306) 230-5466.

The 24th Annual Mid-Canada AOAC Day will be held Thursday, June 6 at the Victoria Inn and Conference Center, 1808 Wellington Avenue in Winnipeg. This year's keynote address will be made by Dr. Ed Cloutis, Department of Geography, University of Winnipeg.  His presentation is titled, “Exploring Mars with the Curiosity rover: analytical capabilities and latest results". Mid Canada Section has supported analytical science in Manitoba for 25 years through post-secondary scholarships, training courses, special category awards at MSSS and by holding Manitoba’s largest annual analytical science conference and trade show, Mid-Canada AOAC Day. Registration Fee - $25.00 (First 20 students to register get free registration - contact David Graham at  Visit for complete details.

The Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals is hosting "Probiotics and Prebiotics: Understanding the Science and Opportunities", a two-day national conference/workshop on probiotics and prebiotics on June 17-18, with the objective of creating a forum to facilitate sharing of ideas and networking opportunites between the academic, industrial and government communities. Cost is $190 for both days. Visit for conference agenda and speakers, and to access online registration.

The Canadian Society of Soil Science will hold its annual conference "Soil Science: The Centre of It All" in Winnipeg at the Hotel Fort Garry, July 22-25.  More information at: Early bird registration ends June 21 - register online at


The 106th Diploma Convocation was held on May 3 with 67 graduates receiving their diplomas. Several awards were also presented at the event. First year students chose Rob Gulden, Plant Science and second year students selected Don Johnson, Biosystems Engineering, as their Teachers of the Year. Certificates of Merit were presented to Dan Mazier and the late Allan Chambers. Read more about the convocation in the news section of our website at

The Department of Soil Science sadly reports the passing of Dr. Guy Lafond, alumnus of the Faculty, scientist with Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada at Indian Head, Saskatchewan, and a former adjunct professor in Soil Science.  He was widely respected both locally and around the world for his work on cropping systems and agronomy as well as his great ability to develop effective collaborative research teams across the broad spectrum of industry, government, universities and producers.  He collaborated with many faculty at the University of Manitoba including the Department of Soil Science. His memorial page can be found at,last_name%7CASC,first_name%7CASC/.

The annual Students' Teacher Recognition Reception gives outstanding graduating students an opportunity to honour teachers who have made important contributions to their education. Recognizing that academic growth and development occurs over many years, the selected students are asked to select two teachers: one from their Kindergarten to Grade 12 years, and one from their years at the University of Manitoba. The Faculty nominated Food Science student Ryan Murphy who recognized Martin Scanlon, Food Science as his University of Manitoba honoree and teacher Daryl Wiebe from Fort Richmond Collegiate. For the first time this year, the School of Agriculture was invited to nominate a student – Diploma student Matt Lowry was selected and he recognized Don Flaten, Soil Science, and Kerri Hayhurst from Neepawa Area Collegiate.

Nazim Cicek, Biosystems Engineering, was recently presented with a 2012 Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Award. The Manitoba Round Table for Sustainable Development established the awards to recognize and honour people, projects and ideas that successfully turn the principles and guidelines of sustainable development into lasting achievements. Nazim was recognized for his research on water and nutrient management and biofuel generation.

Susan Arntfield, Food Science, attended the EuroFoodChem XVII meetings in Istanbul, Turkey May 7-10.  As a keynote speaker, she talked about her current research on "Model studies of binding of carbonyl flavours with pea, canola, wheat proteins and effects on protein thermal gelation". Graduate students Filiz Koksel and Luis Maya Desdier, who are supervised by Martin Scanlon, also attended.  Filiz gave an oral presentation on "Ultrasonic investigation of bubble dynamics in wheat flour doughs and gluten-starch blends", while Luis had a poster entitled "Characterization of the volumetric properties of 3 dairy bioactive peptides".  Sue and Filiz also chaired a session on Food Technology and Quality.

Gary Fulcher, Food Science, recently returned from invited participation in a series of discussions April 26 - May 2 in Denmark and Sweden relating to innovations in food packaging and processing.  The meetings involved the Faculty of Life Sciences at University of Copenhagen, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, the Norwegian Food Research Institute, and implementation groups from major Nordic food processing companies.

The Faculty recently hosted the Diploma Class of 1963 for their 50th anniversary reunion - the group toured the Agriculture Building and then headed out to Glenlea to tour the farm and the Farm & Food Discovery Centre. Thanks to all that participated in welcoming our alumni back home!

A big thanks to student and staff volunteers for two recent events - the Made in Manitoba Breakfast on May 4 at the Discovery Centre and Science Rendezvous on May 11 on the Fort Garry Campus.  Without your help, these events would not have been the successes they were! 


Bullied, W.J., Bullock, P.R., and Van Acker, R.C.  2012.  Modelling soil water retention for weed seed germination sensitivity to water potential. Applied and Environmental Soil Science 2012, Article ID: 812561 (online, doi:10.1155/2012/812561).

Ndolo, V.U., Beta, T., and Fulcher, R.G. 2013. Ferulic acid fluorescence intensity profiles and concentration measured by HPLC in pigmented and non-pigmented cereals. Food Research International 52: 109–118.


Biosystems Engineering Ph.D. student Elsie Jordaan was quoted in the articles "Digesters unlock manure’s potential" and "Dairy farm biodigester will be the first to operate in Manitoba" in the Western Producer (May 9). A U of M project with Manitoba Hydro and Natural Resources Canada is exploring the feasibility of the digestors in Manitoba. See pages 64 and 65 at

Timi Ojo, Soil Science Ph.D. student, was featured in the article "Down to Earth" in the University of Manitoba alumni magazine On Manitoba (Spring 2013).  The article details Timi's many accomplishments, including his research into the effects of climate and weather on agriculture and specifically soil moisture. Read it on page 28 at


Volunteers Needed at Red River Ex - The Farm and Food Discovery Centre will again have an information booth at the Red River Exhibition June 14-23. Like last year, we are looking for volunteers (faculty, staff and students) to assist FFDC staff with answering questions from the public, handing out leaflets and helping with activities. Volunteers will get a pass to the Red River Exhibition and also a car park pass in return for a commitment to a 3-hour stint(s) representing agriculture with the public at the booth. Slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Please email Guy Robbins ( with the days (including alternate days) you would like to do and whether you can do afternoons and/or evenings (coverage is noon to 9 pm June 14 to June 23 inclusive) plus telephone numbers for contact.

The Faculty's annual newsletter, the Aggregate, was recently distributed to all alumni as an insert in the University's On Manitoba magazine. The publication provides a quick summary of the Faculty's research, academic and outreach highlights in 2012-13. If you didn't get one in the mail, you can check out the Aggregate online

Agriculture in the Classroom Still Needs Volunteers - AITC invites you to volunteer at their upcoming Amazing Agriculture Adventure in Brandon, June 4-5. The Brandon event is held at the Keystsone Centre and they are expecting over 600 Grade 4 and 5 students to register for this event. They will need class hosts each day to tour the students and teachers through the interactive stations. In addition, they need volunteers to help manage the various stations. To volunteer, please fill out a form available at AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Farm Management Canada is holding a video competition to showcase Canadian agriculture at the 2013 International Farm Management Congress in Poland. Winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to attend the Poland Congress. To enter, contestants must produce a video, one minute or less, that demonstrates: Canadian Farmers Managing for Success! Farm Management Canada must receive the completed application form and video submission no later than May 24, 2013. The names of the winners will be announced in June 2013. For more information regarding how to apply and full contest rules, please visit

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