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January 30, 2014


An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, January 30 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm. Emma McGeough, Animal Science, will be presenting “Forages: Feeding Livestock for a Sustainable Future”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

Attention all entrepreneurs! There will be Dragons' Den Auditions on Saturday, February 1, at CBC – 541 Portage Avenue from 11 am to 6 pm. Doors will open at 10:45 am. The audition tour welcomes participants of all ages, with no prior television experience required. With the highly-rated ‘All-Student’ episode, Dragons’ Den continues to seek out and support young Canadian entrepreneurs.  Aspiring entrepreneurs should be prepared to pitch their concept to the Dragons’ Den producers in five minutes or less. If they show the producers that they’ve got the chops to land financial backing for their business venture, they could be invited into the Den to brave the Dragons. Prospective pitchers are encouraged to apply online and bring a completed application form to the audition.
For more information visit For questions re: Winnipeg auditions contact: Patti Glesby 204-788-3672 or

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, February 4, in Room 220 Animal Science Building at 11:30 am.  Hamidreza Khazanehei, Ph.D. student, will be presenting "Effects of dry period management on dairy cows performance".  All are welcome to attend.

A Human Nutritional Sciences Graduate Seminar entitled "Recovery of Antioxidants from Postexpelled Canola Oil Refining By-products: Improving Frying Stability of Canola Oil and Evaluating its in vitro Antioxidant Activity" will be presented by Yougui Chen, M.Sc. candidate, Human Nutritional Sciences, on Tuesday, February 4 at 3:00 pm in E2-155 Engineering Building.

A Soil Science Seminar will be held Wednesday, February 5, at 12:30 pm noon in Room 346 Ellis Building, with Dr. Roland Kroebel, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge Research Station, presenting "Developments of the HOLOS Model to Estimate Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Canadian Agriculture".

The Manitoba Soil Science Society 57th Annual Meeting entitled "Nutrient Management: Connecting Soil and Water through the 4Rs" will be held February 6-7,  at the Holiday Inn Winnipeg South, 1330 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg.  Visit for more information.

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, February 11 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am. Yvonne Lawley, Plant Science, will be presenting “Cover crops in Manitoba”.  Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

The fifth seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, February 26 at 3:30 pm in the Richardson International Auditorium, 172 Agriculture Building. Wole Akinremi, Soil Science, will be presenting "Under-utilized indigenous vegetables for food security and income generation among women farmers in south western Nigeria'".  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Food Development Centre is planning a one-day seminar entitled “Developing Functional Food Products” to be held at the Food Development Centre in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, on Thursday, March 20. The focus of the seminar is to demonstrate the role and benefits of functional ingredients in food products. Participants will learn about the functionality, nutritional and health benefits of these ingredients and how they can be positioned to gain competitive advantage for food processors and meet consumer demands for healthy products with clean labels. For more information about the seminar, please contact Jackie Simpson-Cleaver at the Food Development Centre at 204-239-3150 or 1-800-870-1044 or email:


Braden Calvert, Diploma in Agriculture student, skipped the Manitoba squad to victory at the Canadian Junior Men's Curling Championship on Sunday in Liverpool, NS. Braden and his teammates will be travelling to Flims, Switzerland next month to represent Canada at the World Junior Curling Championships.

Joanne Thiessen Martens, Plant Science, spoke at the annual meeting of the Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association SSCA during Crop Production Week in Saskatoon on January 16. Her topic was “Designing Cropping Systems for Profitability, Sustainability and Resilience”.

Sean Asselin, Plant Science Ph.D. student with Doug Cattani and Anita Brûlé-Babel, is attending the Genotype-By-Sequencing Workshop being held at the Institute of Genomic Diversity and Computational Biology at Cornell University January 27-30.

Karin Wittenberg, Associate Dean (Research) and Digvir Jayas, VP Research and International, were two of the three panelists at the most recent Visionary Conversations event January 22 on the topic "Who Gets Fed First" hosted by President David Barnard. If you missed this provocative event, you can watch it on YouTube at

Digvir Jayas, VP Research and International, was recently as a member to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The Council works to achieve the maximum strategic impact for Canada from the expenditure of public funds and to advance Canada’s research and development agenda. Digvir's appointment is for three years. Read more at

Roniele Cordeiro and Havva Filiz Koksel are two Food Science students who have qualified for the Three Minute Thesis (3MT), a research communication competition that challenges graduate students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience. They will now be competing in one of three heats, taking place on February 6 (Havva), 11 (Roniele) and 13. Three finalists will be chosen from each heat, and they will compete in the final on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Check out the website for heat time and location at Come out and cheer them on!

On Wednesday, January 22 the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals hosted and toured the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages the Honorable Shelly Glover. Minister Glover learned more about the RCFFN, how it benefits Canadians and its ability to foster commercialization of prairie based agriculture products.


Gary Martens, Plant Science, was quoted in the article "Lower prices and higher costs a recipe for trouble" in the Manitoba Co-operator (January 16). Gary recommends farmers incorporate more diversity in their practices to offset the upcoming challenges. Read it on page 13 at

Gary was also quoted in the article "They’re very useful — but forecasting soybean yields isn’t easy" in the Manitoba Co-operator (January 30). Gary talks about the methods, and challenges, of estimating yield. Read it on on page 29 at

Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, was interviewed for the article "Experts question effects of steep nitrogen reduction" in the Western Producer (January 23). Mario was commenting on an NDSU extension recommendation that a field that is zero tilled for five years or more requires 50 lb. less nitrogen per acre than a conventionally tilled field. Read it on page 27 at


Calling all parents! We are doing a photo shoot of young people at the Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre on Thursday, February 6 – after work/school hours. We need models ages 7-15. The photos will be used in promotional materials and advertisements for the Centre. We may also shoot a few “family” photos, so please consider yourself as a potential model as well! There will be a light supper offered to all that participate and the evening will not go later than 8 pm (and you may leave sooner if you arrive sooner). Come out and enjoy the Centre while you’re at it! Please email if you are interested as soon as possible. Your help is most appreciated.

2014 Faculty Endowment Fund Competition - The Endowment Fund Committee of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences is once again soliciting proposals for funding from academic and support staff, students, and alumni of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. The deadline for applications is 12 noon, Monday, February 24, 2014. NO LATE APPLICATIONS CONSIDERED! Funding is available for a wide variety of worthy projects and programs consistent with the academic goals of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. The Endowment Fund has over $1.3 million donated to date from students, academic and support staff, alumni and the private sector, from which interest of approximately $110,000 is available this year to fund proposals. Visit the Endowment Fund site at to read about projects which may qualify, past projects funded and to download an application form. If you have any questions, please contact Karin Wittenberg at 474-6082.

Volunteer for Tasting Chicken Fed Hemp Products - Criterion: No Food Allergies. Where:  Fourth Floor Human Ecology Building. Commitment: one individual session, approximately 30 minutes. Sign up times available are: February 4 (Tues) – 1:30. February 5 (Wed) – 11:30, 12:30, 1:30. February 10, 11, 12 (Mon, Tues, Wed) - 11:30, 12:30, 1:30. February 13 (Thursday) - 11:30, 12:30. Honorarium Provided. Contact:  Donna Ryland ph 474-8071 or for more information and/or to sign up. This study has approval from the joint-faculty research ethics board.

The Douglas McRorie Memorial Scholarships, sponsored by the Agricultural Institute of Canada, are awarded to agricultural post-graduates majoring in agricultural business, economics, finance or trade.  Deadline to apply is February 21, 2014. More details and application form online at

Undergraduate Research Awards provide students with an opportunity to compete for 1 of up to 80 awards; to be mentored with a professor of their choice for 16 weeks, to receive $6000, and to gain experience in a field of interest to them. The process requires each student who plans to compete for one of the awards to meet with and interview two separate researchers; describe their research, scholarly work and creative activities in short 150 word paragraphs each and; then select one researcher and describe their rationale for choosing that faculty member and that particular research program.  Once a student is selected to work with a professor, you will be asked to provide a description (250 words maximum) of how you will expose the student to your research and mentor him/her for the 16 week period.  The deadline for students to submit is February 15, 2014.  URA application forms are online:

Come to Cuba in May! Three weeks of traveling and experiential learning through Cuba (April 1-May 23) meeting leaders of Cuba's sustainable agriculture movement and visiting urban agriculture, farm cooperatives, universities, research stations, soil labs, plant protection labs and more... Cuba is undergoing some amazing changes.  Come and see them for yourself.  Three Credits. Will work to incorporate masters/PhD priorities.  All will come away with a solid network in this amazing island nation. Course link: and poster link: Instructor's permission is needed to register so call (604-417-2434) or email

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