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the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences newsletter

October 24, 2013


University of Manitoba/ CIHR Café Scientifique is presenting "The Battle Against The Flu Virus" on Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 pm at McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg. Every year thousands of Canadians catch seasonal influenza , resulting in a substantial number of hospitalizations and deaths (anywhere from 2-8,000 depending on the severity of the flu season). Join our experts for the latest on the fight against the ever-evolving virus: from diagnosis to prevention and the development of a better vaccine. To assist in seating arrangements RSVP to or (204) 474-6689.

Needing some fun ideas on how to carve your jack 'o lantern this year? Dress up in your Halloween costume and join us at the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre on Saturday, October 26 for All About Pumpkins from 10 am to 1 pm. This activity is complimentary with admission - simply bring your own pumpkin or buy one on-site. There will be a pumpkin pie making demonstration for adults, while the kiddies carve their pumpkins (with assistance). Enjoy a slice of pie for $2! Prizes for the best jack o' lantern and Halloween costume. Visit for directions to the Discovery Centre.

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, October 29 in Room 220 Animal Science Building at 10:00 am.  Kristine Blair, MSc student, will be presenting "Know your pneumonia: Common types of pneumonia of backgrounding cattle".  All are welcome to attend.

A Department of Soil Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, October 29 in Room 346 Ellis Building at 12 noon. Walter Fraser, Soil Specialist, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, will be presenting "Soil Landscapes of Canada Maps:  From Past to Present to Future".  All are welcome to attend.

A Human Nutritional Sciences Graduate Seminar entitled "Canadian Ginseng: An initiative for the study of quality and health efficacy" will be presented by Dr. Dan Brown, Principal Investigator and Team Leader, CCARM, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, on Tuesday, October 29 at 3:00 pm in 207 Human Ecology Building.

The 8th annual Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition will take place Wednesday, October 30 from 1:00 – 4:30 pm in the Manitoba Rooms 210 – 224, University Centre. This is a great opportunity for members of the university community and the general public to see the relevance, value, and outstanding calibre of research being conducted by young researchers at the University of Manitoba.  Posters will be judged by representatives from the university community, industry, government and community organizations. Awards will be presented at 4:00 pm.  Prizes of $500, $300 and $200 respectively will be awarded to the top three posters in each of the following five categories: applied sciences; health sciences; natural sciences; social sciences/humanities; and creative works.  An iPad (sponsored by the Faculty of Human Ecology) will be awarded by the Qualitative Research Group (QRG) to the top poster describing qualitative research.

The Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics is delighted to announce that Dr. William Wilson will present the Fifth Annual Daryl F. Kraft Lecture on Wednesday, October 30.  Please join us at the Richardson International Auditorium (172 Agriculture Building) for coffee at 2:30 pm.  Dr. Wilson’s lecture, entitled “Pressures and Challenges for Improving Technologies in Crops”, will begin at 3:00 pm.  Dr. Wilson earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba in 1980.  He is a Professor in the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University, Fargo, and in 2007 was named as one of NDSU’s Distinguished University Professors.  His research program at North Dakota State University is focused on grain marketing, transportation, international trade, and marketing and logistics. 

The University of Manitoba's speaker series Visionary Conversations, hosted by President Dr. David T. Barnard, will next present "Sticks and Stones: Are We a Society of Bullies?" Join our accomplished researchers and alumni expert to explore whether bullying has now become entrenched in our daily lives. The panel will look at bullying across demographics, from school age kids to adults in the workplace. The event will be held Wednesday, October 30 at the Frederic Gaspard Theatre, Basic Medical Sciences Building, 727 McDermot Avenue, Bannatyne Campus. Reception in Joe Doupe Concourse - 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm and then Panel Discussion – 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. For more information about the series, visit

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, October 31 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm.  Dr. Joyce Slater, Department of Human Nutritional Sciences and Community Health Sciences, will be presenting “Community Food and Nutrition, Community Food Security”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

The Stu Clark Distinguished Speaker Series will feature Dr. Jean Helwege on Friday, November 1 on the topic "Do Hedge Funds Disrupt The Stock Market?" The presentation will take place at 4:30 pm in 117 Drake Centre. Using a comprehensive dataset of hedge fund 13F filings, she analyzed hedge fund trading from 1998-2010 to determine if investor redemptions cause fire sales and stock market disruptions. She found evidence of hedge fund fire sales in the two quarters with the worst stock market performance. During these quarters, fire sales are concentrated among low liquidity stocks and typically involve hedge funds with a preference for holding low liquidity stocks.

An Intergenerational Succession Planning Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, November 2, in Room 130 Agriculture Building from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Facilitating the workshop will be Mr. Terry Betker, President and CEO of Backswath Management Inc. The workshop includes instruction and material on important parts of succession planning, using ‘real farm’ examples. It will provide opportunities for family members to apply succession planning principles to their own farm and family situations.  The event is designed to promote active communication and related family discussions relating to succession planning issues. Workshop Cost is $500 per family or group (maximum number per group is 4) and includes workshop fee, materials and lunch. Registration details online at

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, November 5 in Room 220 Animal Science Building at 10:00 am. Deepak Velayudhan, MSc student, will be presenting “Net energy content of dry extruded-expelled soybean meal fed to growing pigs using indirect calorimetry and the  effect of enzyme supplementation on the net energy content of dry extruded-expelled soybean meal”. All are welcome to attend.

On Wednesday, November 6, let your green shine through! Show your 4-H Colours by wearing green!

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Thursday, November 7 in Room 219 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am.  Rob Currie, Entomology, will be presenting “To bee or not to bee? Solving the puzzle of how to manage honey bee colony losses.”  Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, November 7 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm. Dr. Rale Gjuric, Director of UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy and Haplotech, will be presenting “Addressing the Shortage of Trained Plant Breeders for the Global Seed Industry”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

The Stanley Soil Management Association and the R.M. of Stanley invite you to attend their sponsored event "The Value of Shelterbelts for Prairie Communities" on Thursday, November 7, at 7:00 pm at the Morden Friendship Centre, 306 North Railway Avenue in Morden. This event will be a fun, interactive presentation of the results of a southern Manitoba research survey on the community values for shelterbelts.The survey was part of a Master's thesis project by Louise Bellet through Royal Roads University. Everyone is invited: farmers, acreage owners, nature lovers. Bring your family! There will also be refreshments and door prizes.  For more information contact Richard Warkentin at 204 362-0352 or

The 2013 Manitoba Agronomists Conference will be held Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12 in Room 172 Agriculture Building and via webcast. The cost is $200.  Register by December 2 to take advantage of the early bird rate of $150.  Registration closes December 8.  Register early for Winnipeg as space is limited. Graduate students are invited to attend as well as submit posters.  Poster requirements and deadlines as well as registration information is on the MAC website at


At the 46th Annual Fall Convocation, in addition to undergraduate and graduate students from the Faculty, 13 students from the Internationally Educated Agrologists Post-Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IEAP) received their parchments. This marked the first time the IEAP was part of the official University convocation ceremony.

Robert Duncan, Dilantha Fernando and Genyi Li, Plant Science, have received a Collaborative Research and Development grant awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada with support from Bunge Canada and DL Seeds for a total of $3.885 million over the next five years. Their research program is focused on producing world-class hybrid herbicide-tolerant high erucic acid rapeseed cultivars, as well as uncovering novel aspects of blackleg resistance. The program will also provide training for highly qualified personnel in plant breeding, plant genomics and plant pathology.

Trust Beta, Food Science, attended the 20th South African Association for Food Science & Technology (SAAFoST) Biennual International Congress and Exhibition held October 7-9 at the Council of Industrial and Scientific Research International Convention Centre in Pretoria, South Africa where she gave an oral presentation as an invited speaker under the Food, Nutrition and Well-Being (including Functional Ingredients and Foods) session on "Cereal Grains – a rich source of phytochemicals of potential health benefits". Victoria Ndolo, PhD student in Food Science was first author of the poster presented at the 2013 SAAFoST Congress on "Composition of carotenoids among diverse cereal grain varieties and their fractions as determined by spectrophotometry and HPLC".

Laurie Connor, Animal Science, is  speaking at a series of workshops scheduled by the Prairie Swine Centre in partnership with Swine Innovation Pork to outline research conducted in the area of sow lameness, longevity and temperament. Sessions were held October 8 in Stratford, Ontario, October 9 in Lévis, Quebec and October 23 at the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre. Laurie's presentations are entitled "Quantitative vs. Qualitative Lameness Assessments" and "Housing Design Impacts on Lameness and Longevity of Sows".

Peter Jones, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, presented “Fatty Acids as Functional Components for Health and Weight Management” at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo sponsored by the  Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Houston TX, on October 21. He travelled to Ottawa on October 23and presented “Functional Foods – Creating Healthy, Sustainable New Foods” at the Future of Food in Healthcare, 2013 Food Service Conference sponsored by Healthcare Food Services.

Thanks to student ambassadors James Kingdon, Sheldon Conrad and Riana Voth for helping out at the faculty booth at the Evening of Excellence Tuesday night, where over 700 prospective students and parents in attendance. Our booth was busy all night with Grade 11 and 12 students inquiring about our programs. We handed out over 300 cups of ice cream from our dairy.

The special seminar presented by Dr. Chandra B. Singh, OPI Systems Inc. on September 27, entitled "Debunking the "Night-on Fan Strategy" for Grain Drying" has been posted to the Faculty's seminar page at


Open Access Week (October 21-27 2013), a global event now entering its sixth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. University of Manitoba Libraries is pleased to host Open Access speakers and events.  We hope you will join us. More information is available on our website:


Annemieke Farenhorst, Soil Science, was named the University of Manitoba's "Hotshot Prof" in the Globe and Mail Canadian University Report 2014: Prairie Profiles for her role as the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering - Prairie Region.

Don Flaten and David Lobb of Soil Science, and Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, along with other university researchers, were quoted in the article "A Lake at Stake" on page 18 in the University of Manitoba alumni magazine On Manitoba (Fall 2013). The article explores the challenges faced by Lake Winnipeg and the various projects and people looking at those challenges. Read it at

Digvir Jayas, VP Research and Biosystems Engineering, along with Chandra Singh and Ronald Larson of OPI Systems Inc., advise farmers who need to reduce the moisture content in their grain should steer clear of advice to run their aeration fans only at night in the Manitoba Co-operator article "Night-only aeration not the best approach, three experts conclude". Read it at


To all course instructors:  We are attempting to identify "students at risk" and provide help.  Some indicators of a student at risk are: not attending class; does not participate in class; poor language skills; did not complete an assignment, or late submission; and unusual incidents or other concerns. If you are concerned about a student, please email Wendy Kramer (degree) or Daniel Bowers (diploma) in student services to let them know.  We will attempt to get help for the student.

The 2013 Manitoba Agronomists Conference (MAC) is has put out a Call for Grad Student Posters. MAC will be held on December 11 and 12.  All grad students are welcome to attend and submit a poster for our poster session.  Attendance is free for grad students, standing room only and does not include lunch. For requirements and deadlines for submitting a poster, please visit our website:  Please make sure to supply 8 1/2 x 11 handouts of your poster.

The Faculty's Agriculture Awards website has been updated with a number of graduate, degree and diploma awards. Please download the Application Forms at Deadline to apply is November 4, 2013.

Grab your video camera, digital camera or even your cell phone! Make a video, one minute or less, on What does your generation bring to the farm table? How is your generation different from your parents’ or grandparents’ generation? What do you bring that is new and innovative to the farm business? Enter your video in Farm Management Canada’s Y We Farm - A Young Farmer Video Competition to win an all-expenses paid trip to attend the FarmTech Conference. FarmTech ( is Canada's premier crop production and farm management conference taking place in Edmonton, January 28-30, 2014.  Visit for full details - deadline to enter is December 2, 2013.

University Parkade Bike Station - Looking for secure, covered bike parking at the Fort Garry Campus? Located on the ground level of the University Parkade, the Bike Station is a covered and enclosed parking facility for 100 bikes that is secured with a card-lock system. A public, self-serve bike repair centre, complete with tools and pumps will be installed adjacent to the parking area and available to all. In addition to its proximity to University Centre and the tunnel system, the Bike Station is conveniently located near the Bike Dungeon - UMREG’s bike repair shop on the 100 level of Helen Glass. To be granted card access to the Bike Station, students and staff can complete the registration form and arrange to have their U of M identification card programmed through Physical Plant. A $10 administration fee will offset the costs of managing the Bike Station. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

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