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June 25, 2013


The Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre has partnered 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 (204) 883-2524.

The 2013 Manitoba Crop Diagnostic School will be held the weeks of July 9-12 and July 15-19 at the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm near Carman.  The Crop Diagnostic School is designed to refine the diagnostic skills of agronomists and producers involved in field scouting and assessing crop health. For more information or to register, please call (204) 745-5656 or (204)745-5663 or visit When registering, indicate whether you are a student or staff member for special pricing on the Staff & Student Day on Tuesday, July 9.

On Wednesday July 17, come out to the Farm and Food Discovery Centre for Dairy Day-Family Fun. This family event will be going on all day, with complimentary Centre tours happening every hour starting at 10:30 am.  Come see the awesome exhibits the Centre has to offer, make ice cream and butter. You can even learn how to milk a “cow”. For more information visit or call (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, 2013.  More information at: 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 Ian N. Morrison Research Farm Crop Tour and Open House will be held Friday, July 26. The half-day tour will highlight research projects taking place at the farm. Register and have a cup of coffee from 8:30 to 9:00 am.  The field tour will run from 9:00 am to 12 noon, and lunch will be provided following the tour. There is no cost for this event and everyone is welcome to attend.

Taste testers needed!  On Friday, July 26, visit the Farm and Food Discovery Centre to learn how to make ice cream in the I Scream Workshop.  Find out what your favourite flavour ice cream is following ice cream making demonstrations at 10:30 am and 2:00 pm. Eat your creation in a bowl (complimentary) or as an ice cream sandwich (additional charge). For more information visit or call (204) 883-2524.

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 and 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.


The University of Manitoba and Assiniboine Community College are pleased to announce a new agreement that enhances mobility of students in the Province of Manitoba. Students who complete their Diploma in Agribusiness at Assiniboine Community College (ACC) with a minimum B average will receive two years of course credit towards completing a four-year Bachelor’s of Science in Agribusiness at the University of Manitoba. Read more at

Karin Wittenberg, Associate Dean, was selected as the 2013 recipient of the Canadian Society of Animal Science Fellowship Award, for truly outstanding contributions in any field of animal agriculture. The award was presented at the Society's annual banquet on June 19 in Banff.

Recent diploma graduate Brett Sheffield was nominated for the Prairie Region Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.  Brett was nominated for the Emerging Entrepreneur category.  He attended the Regional nominee reception in Winnipeg earlier this month.  The announcement of the award finalists will be July 4.  The Prairie Awards Gala will be held in Calgary in October and the National Awards Gala will be held in Toronto in November.

The Red River Exhibition Foundation Inc.’s Agriculture and Agri-Food Industry Scholarships were presented at a ceremony on June 17.  Emily Boonstra received the Farm Family of the Year Scholarship.  She will be starting the Agriculture Diploma Program this fall.  Campbell Gregory and Tyler Bartmanovich will also be pursuing studies in the Faculty this fall.  Campbell received the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame Scholarship and Tyler received the Red River Co-operative Scholarship. Keaton Bachalo, who is also entering the Faculty's degree program this fall, was awarded a Red River Co-operative Scholarship as well. Vicki Preteau, a 2013 Diploma in Agriculture graduate, was awarded the Cam Brown Agricultural Scholarship for National and International Study.  Vicki volunteered with the Volunteer Eco Students Abroad in South Africa this spring.  Vicki will be returning to the Faculty in the Fall to take the degree program.

Europe's brewing capital, Leuven, Belgium was the host for the Cereals & Europe Spring Meeting 2013, held on May 29-31. At the conference, Filiz Koksel, a Ph.D. student in Food Science, received the award for Best Student Poster Presentation for her poster "Characterisation of bread doughs with different sodium chloride contents using ultrasonic reflectance and transmission techniques" with co-authors A. Strybulevych, J. Page and M.G. Scanlon. Filiz also made an oral presentation of some of her innovative results from experiments at the Canadian Light Source, "The characterization and evolution of bubble size distribution in wheat flour doughs using x‐ray microtomography" (F. Koksel, A. Strybulevych, J.H. Page & M.G. Scanlon). Also attending the conference from Food Science was keynote lecturer Martin Scanlon, whose talk was entitled "Analysis of the effect of process and ingredients on cereal product properties using ultrasound" (M.G. Scanlon & J.H. Page).

Arnie Hydamaka, Food Science, and Daniel Bowers, Student Services, taught credit courses at Huazhong Agricultural University May 6-18 as part of the Faculty 2 plus 2 initiative. Arnie and Daniel also delivered lectures at China Agricultural University and at Nanjing University of Finance and Economics (NUFE) May 20-24. Qiang Zhang, Biosystems Engineering, also delivered a credit course at NUFE May 20-24 and visited Inner Mongolia Agriculture University where he presented  on the 2 plus 2 program to potential students.

Rob Currie, Entomology, spoke at the Manitoba Beekeepers' Association Annual Field Day at a producer's place in Gilbert Plains, MB.

Terry Galloway, Entomology, and Elizabeth Punter, Herbarium Curator with Biological Sciences, gave a presentation on the roles and highlights of the Science Advisory Committee activities for the Manitoba Chapter of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) to the National Board Meeting of the NCC in Gimli on June 13.

Barb Sharanowski, Entomology, supervised two grade 11 students (one from Churchill, one from Winnipeg) in the Verna J. Kirkness Program for science experience June 10-14  These students spent the week exploring various aspects of entomology, mainly collecting and identifying insects.  By the end of the week they had prepared a final presentation and a web page, the latter of which is posted on the Wallis/Roughley Museum website (

It is that time of year when people are departing on or returning from research study or academic leaves. Going on leave shortly are:  Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics - July 1/13 to June 30/14; Donald Petkau, Biosystems Engineering - July 1/13 to Dec 31/13; Terry Galloway, Entomology - July 1/13 to Dec 31/13; Belay Ayele, Plant Science - July 1/13 to Dec 31/13; Genyi Li, Plant Science - July 1/13 to Dec 31/13; Peter McVetty, Plant Science - July 1/13 to June 30/14 (Admin leave); Claudio Stasolla, Plant Science - July 1/13 to Dec 31/13; and Wole Akinremi, Soil Science - Aug 1/13 to Jan 31/14. Returning from leave on July 1, 2013 are: Rob Currie, Entomology; Martin Scanlon, Food Science; and Francis Zvomuya, Soil Science.

A reminder to please support Carollyne Kehler, Animal Science graduate student, in her quest to help Canada win the Five Nations Beef Alliance video competition. Check out her video "What's your beef?" created for the Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA) challenge.  The competition is over on July 1. The country with the most views wins a trip to Australia!


Kui Liu, Jane A. Elliott, David A. Lobb, Don N. Flaten and Jim Yarotski.  2013.  Critical Factors Affecting Field-Scale Losses of Nitrogen and Phosphorus in Spring Snowmelt Runoff in the Canadian Prairies.  Journal of Environmental Quality 2013 42(2): 484-496.

Ackerman, J. N., Zvomuya, F., Cicek, N. and Flaten, D. 2013.  Evaluation of manure-derived struvite as a phosphorus source for canola. Can. J. Plant Sci. 93: 419–424.


Terry Galloway, Entomology, gave several radio and TV interviews on the recent and inevitable emergence of mosquitoes.

Kateryn Rochon, Entomology, was bravely captured in the video "How to properly remove a tick" on the University of Manitoba YouTube channel.  Check it out in all its Technicolor glory at

The University of Manitoba's participation in the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security was noted in the article "Program collects cream of the crop for biodiversity" in the Western Producer (June 20). Read the whole story on page 14 at

Rick Holley, Food Science, was quoted in the Western Producer (June 20) articles "Food may not be as advertised" and "Food safety act
no guarantee: critic". Read it on page 28 at

David Lobb, Soil Science, was quoted in the article "On-farm reservoirs good for the environment and farmers’ pocketbook too" in the Manitoba Co-operator (June 20). Read page 3 at

Martin Entz, Plant Science, was quoted in the articles "Where is AAFC’s wheatbreeding program headed?" and "Uncertain future for organic wheat breeding" in the Manitoba Co-operator (June 13). Read on page 1 and page 19 at

Laurie Connor, Animal Science, was quoted in the article "New rules for hog producers" in the Winnipeg Free Press (June 4).


Online Applied Entomology - A new distance education in applied entomology course will be offered for the first time in Fall 2013. ENTM 3190 Introduction to Applied Entomology will provide a foundation in applied entomology covering topics such as basic insect biology, insect pest management insect biodiversity and the biological services provided by insects.  The course will consist of online lecture presentations, weekly readings and online laboratories. There are no prerequisites. The course has been been designed to serve as either a first, or supplementary entomology course (if they have already taken an introduction to entomology course) for students across Canada, that have limited or no entomology courses offered by their institution.  It is a third year science course, and quite rigorous, with a separate online lab element.  It should be of interest to agriculture students, but also biology students, and other students looking for an upper level science credit (assuming transfer credit is accepted). For more details, contact Jordan Bannerman in Entomology at

Game Day Parking - The first regular season Bomber game is this Thursday, June 27. Please remember that the Event Day Transportation and Parking Plan will go into effect at 5:30 p.m., which is 90 minutes prior to kick-off. 2. The plan is in effect until 60 minutes after the game ends, approximately 11 p.m. For those with valid UM parking passes, you can park in (move your vehicle to) Lots A, B, L, AC, CTC, D or R from 5:30 until 60 min after the game ends (approx 11 pm). Suggested access to campus is via Kings Drive entrance between 5:30 pm and 7 pm. If you do not have a parking pass you must remove your car from campus by 5:30 pm or face a $50 fine.  See complete details at

If you have students who demonstrate initiative, leadership, integrity, and engagement in and out of the classroom, nominate them for the McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2013 Student Scholarship Award. The scholarship was conceived in 2006 to reinforce higher education institutional focus on the student learning experience. The award is directed towards rewarding those students who enhance the teaching and learning environment. Twenty scholarships of $1000 will be awarded in the fall of 2013.  The award is available to any full-time undergraduate student currently studying a degree, diploma, or certificate at an accredited Canadian college or university between June 1, 2012 - May 31, 2013.  To learn more about the program and to nominate your students, please visit: Deadline is June 30, 2013.

Canada-Brazil Awards - The Government of Canada has announced the launch of the Canada-Brazil Awards - Joint Research Projects for 2013-2015. The competition is open to research teams from Canadian and Brazilian universities. Canadian teams: on behalf of the Government of Canada, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada (DFAIT) provides funding for a maximum of five (5) Canadian PhD students per project, per year for a period of six (6) months in Brazil. Funding will also be provided to the Canadian Project Lead for one (1) short-term faculty visit to Brazil per year, if required. Projects may last up to 24 months. In the first year, projects must start in the fall semester 2013. Terms and conditions of the second year of funding will remain the same as in the first year with the understanding that the composition of the PhD students may change. Full program details are available online at  Project leads are requested to forward relevant documentation to Helen Sophia, Office of International Relations (OIR), at OIR will submit applications to DFAIT website. Internal UM Deadline: June 26, 2013. National deadline: July 3, 2013.

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