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the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences newsletter

May 29, 2013


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.

New students and their families will be coming to campus on Saturday, June 8, for the Head Start Day organized by the Office of Student Life. Students and their supporters (families and friends) will have an opportunity to attend tour campus and residences, learn more about academic programs, registration process and the resources available to them. The Faculty will be welcoming diploma and degree direct entry students at this event.  Learn more at

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.

Thursday, June 20 is the 24th Annual Sneakers in Motion Day on the Fort Garry Campus.  This is a fun and exciting noon-hour event that includes a walk around campus, prize giveaways, entertainment, and a healthy lunch.  The goal of Sneakers in Motion Day is to inspire staff and students of the University to be more physically active. Details online at or in your department.

The Farm and Food Discovery Centre is partnering with the Department of Entomology to host a Bugs, Bugs and More Bugs Workshop on Saturday, July 6 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. It’s the perfect hands-on activity for kids of all ages. Come see pinned insects, a honey bee hive, and hear a hissing cockroach hiss. This even will run rain or shine. For more information visit or call 1-204-883-2524.

On Wednesday July 17, come out to the Farm and Food Discovery Centre for Dairy Day - Family Fun. This event will be going on all day with fun for the whole family! Come see the awesome exhibits the centre has to offer, and make ice cream and butter. You can even learn how to milk a cow. For more information visit or call 1-204-883-2524.

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

Join us for Organic and Ecological Farming Systems Field Tour on the evening of Monday, July 22 at the University of Manitoba Ian N. Morrison Research Farm located in Carman, Manitoba (1.8 km west of the junction of #3 and #13).  The event begins at 5:30 pm with an informal BBQ supper and the tour will follow from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Come to learn and discuss the principles and practices of ecological farming systems!

The Glenlea Long-Term Organic Study Research Tour is scheduled for Monday, July 29, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the University of Manitoba Glenlea Research Station, located 15 km south of Winnipeg on Highway 75. Come visit Canada’s oldest organic research plots and learn about the science of organic farming, including the important roles of crop rotation and nutrient recycling.


Another Spring Convocation is almost over and there were 62 degree graduates from our Faculty at this week's ceremony. Food Science student Ryan Murphy was presented the University Gold Medal in Agricultural and Food Sciences. Program medals were presented to Matthew Chastko (Agriculture), Nolan Giesbrecht (Agribusiness), Katherine Stanley (Agroecology), and Lindsey Boyd (Food Science).  Wayne Anderson, BSA/63, received an honourary degree from the University for his distinguished achievement. Wayne served as chair of the U of M Board of Governors among his many community contributions and achievements (read more at

Sue Arntfield, Food Science, was selected to receive the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teaching Award of Merit and Filiz Koksel, Food Science Ph.D. student, received the Graduate Student Teaching Award of Merit. These awards are given annually to individuals who excel in teaching an agricultural discipline.

Trust Beta, Food Science, received recognition from the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg on her Women of Distinction Awards nomination for outstanding achievement in the category of "Science, Technology, and The Environment" on May 1. The 37th annual gala event was held at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. Dr. Karin Wittenberg led the nomination.

Katherine Li and Alice Su, high school students from Fort Richmond Collegiate, working with Plant Science's Robert Duncan, competed in the Youth Encouraging Sustainability Science Showcase.  Katherine and Alice won gold for their project on Urban Weed Management. 

Graduate students Mike Cardillo (Soil Science), Laryssa Grenko (Soil Science) and Kristen Podolsky (Plant Science) recently returned from attending a sustainable agriculture field studies course through University of British Columbia in Cuba. While they were there, they dug a soil profile for John Heard of MAFRI.  Read the whole story and see photos at


Sue Clayton, Dean's Office, was interviewed by Barbara Bowes on CJOB's Bowes Knows program this past weekend. They discussed the Faculty's programs and students' career opportunities. You can listen to it at - select May 25, 9:00 am.

Anita Brûlé-Babel, Plant Science, was interviewed on Farmscape on the topic "New Fusarium Resistant Wheat Offers New Tool for Preventing Disease". Read the transcript or listen online.

Matt Lowry, recent diploma graduate, was featured in the Winnipeg Free Press coverage of University of Manitoba convocation.  Matt plays pro hockey in the winter and is a fourth-generation farmer from the Neepawa area. Read it in

Gary Martens, Plant Science, wrote the column "The view from Northern Blossom Farms" for the Manitoba Co-operator (May 23) in which he describes how he is experimenting with a system change on his "nano" farm. Read it online on page 5 at

The University recently published TeachingLife, a magazine dedicated to teaching activities and accomplishments at the U of M.  Paul Bullock and Don Flaten, Soil Science, were highlighted in an article "Bringing the Field to the Faculty" for their unique use of a case study farm in the SOIL 0620 Soil Conservation and Management course. Read it on page 4 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 9pm June 14 to June 23 inclusive) plus telephone numbers for contact.

Agriculture Building Summer Hours - Effective May 28 to September 2, 2013, the Agriculture Building hours will be: open Monday-Friday 7:30 am - 6:30 pm; closed Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.

The Steam Plant Shutdown will take place Sunday, June 16 at 6 pm. Start up Wednesday, June 26 at 12:00 noon. Steam at 30 lbs psi will again be available by Thursday, June 27 at 8 am.

Volunteers Needed to Taste Foods with Peas & Beans - The Department of Human Nutritional Sciences is conducting a study on the acceptability of foods such as soups, entrees and side dishes containing beans and peas. Start Date: May 8  End Date: June 7. Criterion: No Food Allergies. Fourth Floor Human Ecology Building. Commitment:  Two Sessions – one session per week, approx. 30 min each. Sign up in advance for a day and a time for each week (can be different) within Option 1 or Option 2. Option 1: Week 1 - Bean Samples - May 14 to 17 inclusive (Tues to Fri), Week 2 - Pea Samples - May 21 to 24 inclusive (Tues to Fri). Option 2: Week 1 - Bean Samples - May 28 to 31 inclusive (Tues to Fri), Week 2 - Pea Samples - June 4 to 7 inclusive (Tues to Fri). Select a time - 11:30, 12:30 or 1:30. Honorarium Provided. This study is approved by the University of Manitoba Joint-Faculty Human Ethics Review Board. For questions and/or to sign up contact Donna Ryland at 474-8071 or e-mail Donna at

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