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August 14, 2013


Bring the family out to the Farm & Food Discovery Centre this Thursday, August 15 from 10 am to 4 pm for our Family Day Farmyard Fest!  Learn about how a farmer chooses the best pigs for his/her farm, make a farmyard cupcake, talk to a pig farmer, milk a cow, take a tour of the Discovery Centre and enjoy a free pork-on-a-bun lunch from 11:30-1:30 courtesy of Manitoba Pork.  Visit for full event details.

M.Sc. Thesis Defence - On Thursday, August 15 at 4:00 pm in Room E1-270 ETIC Bldg, Warren Blunt, M.Sc. candidate in Biosystems Engineering, will present “On-Line State Estimation of Microbial Fermentation with Clostridium Thermocellum Using Titrimetric Off-Gas Analysis (TOGA)”. All are welcome!

Teaching Workshops - The Centre for Advancement of Teaching and Learning (formerly known as University Teaching Services or UTS) is once again offering a suite of teaching workshops starting August 15.  See the schedule at

University Fall Orientation runs September 3 and 4 – welcome those new students as they discover the Fort Garry campus, their classroom locations and each other!

Grandparent’s Day is Saturday, September 7 – come spend some time with your grandchildren at the Farm & Food Discovery Centre! Two youth get in for the price of one all day.  Visit for information about the Discovery Centre.

The first seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series for 2013-2014 will be held on Wednesday, September 18 in the Carolyn Sifton Theatre, 130 Agriculture Building.  Ranjan Sri Ranjan, Biosystems Engineering will be presenting - stay tuned to learn the topic.  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

The 2013 University of Manitoba Homecoming will be from September 23-29 this fall. The Faculty is hosting an Tea and Tour of the Agriculture Building on the Fort Garry Campus on Friday, September 27 at 1 pm. All are welcome!

The 18th Annual Fields on Wheels Conference themed "Climate Change and Grain Transportation" will take place October 22 at the Delta Hotel. Despite weather extremes of heat, cold, drought and flooding, Canada has built a globally successful agricultural export base with a reliable transportation system. Extreme weather events aren’t new, and past major disruptions have been followed by drawn out and costly recovery. Recently though, such weather events have become more extreme and more frequent, a sign of a changing climate.  The annual Fields on Wheels Conference deals with a topical issue about Western Canadian agricultural supply chains that support the grain industry’s ability to compete in global markets. This year the event will consider the impact of climate change on agricultural output and on transportation service providers, with emphasis on how they plan to cope with new challenges and emergencies. You need to be a part of these important discussions if you are a stakeholder to this critical industry, as a producer, a carrier or logistics service provider, a policymaker, regulator, academic or a customer. Register now for the 18th Annual Fields on Wheels Conference and take advantage of our Early Bird Rate of $295 plus GST (Cdn funds) per person!  Full details and view the agenda at


The Faculty was saddened to learn of the August 2 passing of Cam Brown (BSA/52, MSc/55), a long-time champion of our Faculty. A well-recognized member of the Manitoba agricultural industry, Cam was honoured over the years with a Certificate of Merit from the Faculty, a Distinguished Service award from the University of Manitoba and induction into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame. Besides serving as Chair of the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences in 2006, Cam was involved in the “Gateway to the Future” campaign to raise capital for the Agriculture Building on campus. He also provided energetic leadership in the campaign to establish the Stan T.K. Cheung Centre for Animal Research at the University of Manitoba and was influential in establishing several awards, scholarships and fellowships in the Faculty. Donations in Cam's memory may be made to the Cam Brown Agricultural Scholarship for National and International Study at Red River Exhibition Foundation, 3977 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3K 2E8.

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Support Staff Awards. The recipient of the first award was Pat Kenyon, Department of Food Science, and the second award went to the technical team from the Department of Animal Science, comprised of Deanne Fulawka, Terri Garner, Janice Haines and Michelle Pang. All nominees and nominators were acknowledged at a recent Animal Science BBQ – many thanks to Animal Science for hosting the event. Congratulations to each of you - your support helps make the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences an outstanding workplace!

Members of the Department of Animal Science were honoured at the Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS) – Canadian Meat Science Association joint annual meeting held June 18-20 in Banff, AB. As previously noted, Karin Wittenberg was the recipient of the prestigious CSAS Fellowship Award, given by the Society for outstanding contributions in any field of animal agriculture. As well, Martin Nyachoti received the Excellence in Nutrition and Meat Sciences Award, an award given in recognition of excellence in teaching, research or extension in the fields of nutrition and meat science at the provincial, federal or international level. Gary Crow received the Lifetime Membership Award, given to recognize a recently retired Canadian Society of Animal Science member who has demonstrated support of the Society’s mission and objectives. In the CSAS Graduate Student Competition held at the meeting, Tawnya Ullenboom received third place for her paper “Residual feed intake, enteric methane and carbon dioxide emissions in growing beef bulls”.  Tawnya faced stiff competition against the 21 abstracts submitted by students from across Canada. Read the news release at

The Joint Conference of the Canadian Society of Soil Science, Manitoba Soil Science Society and Canadian Society of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology held in July 22-24 in Winnipeg was a great success, with over 250 registrants from across Canada and around the world.  There was a large involvement of Department of Soil Science (and other) faculty and graduate students who not only made oral and poster presentations but also provided significant support to ensure that the conference ran smoothly.  Soil Science was well-represented at the Conference Awards banquet.  The Manitoba Soil Science Society’s Student Oral Presentation winner was Laryssa Grenkow and the MSSS Student Poster Presentation winner was Oluwatoyin Obikoya.  The Canadian Society of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology Student Oral Presentation winner was Amanda Taylor and the CSAFM Student Poster Presentation winner was Jolene Rutter.  Taking 3rd place in the Canadian Society of Soil Science Bentley Award for Student Oral Presentation was Sally Parsonage.  The Campbell Scientific Canada 'Bert Tanner' Student award went to Krista Hanis.

You may have seen a new face in the Faculty.  Joining the Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics on August 1 was Sandra Anderson as the new Graduate Studies/Exchange Programs Coordinator. Previously at Student Counselling and Career Services, she will be eagerly assisting our students from application through to graduation.

Trust Beta, Food Science, is co-author of a paper entitled “Breeding barley for food - progress and future prospects” to be presented by Ana Badea  (AAFC, Brandon Research Centre) at the 16th Australian Barley Technical Symposium being held September 8-11 at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Victoria.

Gary Fulcher, Food Science, recently returned from Sweden and Denmark after participating in two workshops on innovations in grain milling and processing technologies, and advancements in liquid packaging, including recycling approaches for PET and metal containers.  The workshops were held in Simlangsdalen, Sweden, and in Frederiksberg, Denmark, August 3-5, and 6-9, respectively.

July marked the Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre reaching over 10,000 visitors since opening its doors nearly two years ago. In July, the Centre had 670 visitors, including seven daycares, one seniors group, two conference tour groups and four community events. The Centre gave over 13 tours and 11 programming sessions, including ice cream and cheese making demos and an entomology workshop. August looks to be just as busy. The Centre, located at the University of Manitoba's Glenlea Research Station, officially opened in September 2011. The eight thousand square foot Centre features interactive displays which focus on the story of food production and four windows allow visitors to see directly into the University's swine research barn. 


Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, gave a live radio interview with Newstalk 1010 on August 7 about high food prices and Canadian consumers.

The Department of Entomology was featured as the live remote for today's CTV Morning Live program.  Kateryn Rochon, Terry Galloway, Lisa Babey, Barb Sharanowski and Alejandro Costamagna were interviewed very early this morning about everything from ticks to bees to ladybugs, providing a great overview of the field of entomology and the research done by the University of Manitoba.

Kateryn Rochon, Entomology, was interviewed by CKDM Radio 730 in Dauphin on July 19 to discuss mosquito fogging alternatives. She was also interviewed by CTV News Winnipeg July 31 on the topic of blacklegged ticks and Lyme disease.

Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was interviewed by Jen Skerritt of Bloomberg News about the post single desk CWB.

Gary Martens, Plant Science, wrote yet another couple of columns for the Manitoba Co-operator entitled "Thinking about the farm as a whole rather than an assortment of pieces" (July 25) and "An ode to the Prairie garden" (August 8). and

Don Flaten and David Lobb, Soil Science, were noted in the article "A Look Back in Time" in the Manitoba Co-operator (August 1). The article highlighted the recent joint meeting of the Canadian Society of Soil Science, Manitoba Soil Science Society and the Canadian Society of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.

Kui Liu and Don Flaten, Soil Science, were quoted in the article "Study results encourage tilling" in the Western Producer (August 1). A field study has revealed that periodical tillage reduces phosphorus runoff.

Gary Martens, Plant Science, was quoted in the editorial "Short-term gains must not jeopardize the long term" in the Western Producer (July 25). Gary speaks about his concerns that farmers are using a "recipe" approach to production.

Two different Diploma graduates were featured in stories in KAP Farmer's Voice magazine (Summer). Chris McCallister is a fourth generation farmer and Diploma grad highlighted in the story "Chris McCallister: passion for challenge keeps him busy on and off the farm". Diploma grad Dustin Williams and his no-till practices are featured in "Improving soil health pays off for southwest grain farmer".

A number of Faculty folks were interviewed in the CAAR Communicator (July 2013) magazine. Rick Holley, Food Science, was interviewed for the article "Food Consciousness in Canada". Guy Robbins, Farm & Food Discovery Centre, was quoted in the article "Paying it Forward". Gary Martens, Plant Science, was interviewed in the article "Prevention Remains Key to Weed Control". Jolene Rutter, Soil Science, was quoted in the article "Collective Composting". 


The STARS Rescue on the Island Fundraiser includes Diploma graduate Chris McCallister of Red Beard Farms Ltd.  He, along with nine other community and business leaders will be dropped off on a secret wilderness island and won’t get off until they each raise $100,000. Chris and his family are big supporters of our Diploma program, serving as a tour hosts and participating in final presentations as well as promoting the program in the community. Support Chris at

Agriculture in the Classroom Seeks Volunteers - AITC Manitoba once again invites you to join them as a volunteer at their upcoming Amazing Agriculture Adventure in Winnipeg September 17-19, at Glenlea Research Station/Farm & Food Discovery Centre and at Kelburn Farm.  This is a hands-on, interactive event geared to the Grades 4 and 5 Science curriculum. Over 1000 students move through eighteen interactive stations covering a variety of agriculture topics. AITC-M will need classroom hosts each day to tour the students and teachers through the stations. In addition, they need volunteers to help at various stations, and to serve as kitchen helpers and as people movers. To volunteer, please contact Diane at (204) 471-9698 or before September 4.

Hammer for Hope Ag Shed Building Challenge - Although organizers are still welcoming full teams to register for the Habitat for Humanity Ag Shed Building Challenge on October 3, they also welcome individuals that will be put together to make up full teams.  They would ask for $250 in fundraising from each person. If interested, please contact Kim Wilson as soon as possible at (204) 235-2400 or Learn more at

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

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