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February 13, 2014


You’re invited to Cold Campus Cycling at the University of Manitoba - a free, open-to-all panel discussion and facilitated workshop on Friday, February 14, focused on winter cycling in a campus environment. Four experts from around the world will share their perspectives on the planning, design, culture, and engineering keys to great cold campus cycling. Join us for the panel (1 p.m.), a coffee break (2 p.m.), the workshop (2:30 p.m.), or all three. For those attending the main Winter Cycling Congress at The Forks, a group ride option from downtown to the university on a bike route is planned (alternatively, the University is well served by Transit). Learn more at

CIFST Student Challenge 2014 - This August, Food Science students from across Canada will be competing in the CIFST Student Challenge in Montreal, Quebec. Do you want to be part of that experience? Come test your Food Science knowledge on Friday, February 14 (2:30 pm - 3:30 pm) in Room 245 Ellis Bldg for a chance to be on the team! We need to form a team of 5 students (one of which can be a graduate student). Registration closes at noon on Thursday February 13. E-mail us at or let your Student Rep know about your interest.

Botany, Books and Beyond is an exhibition of contemporary artists’ books and the acquisition of Kew Garden’s journal Curtis’ Botanicals donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by the family of renowned Manitoba horticulturalist Frank Skinner.  In addition, early botanicals from the early 1700s and on from the Rare Book Room of Archives & Special Collections will be displayed. The artists include Pauline Braun, Janet Carroll, Camille Choboter, Karen Clavelle, Nicole Coulson, Deborah Danelley, Lorraine Douglas, Erwin Huebner, Reitlín Murphy, Ann Stinner. Join them for the launch of the exhibit on Friday, February 14 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, 330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library. The exhibition will be open Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm with special opening evenings Thursday, February 27, 6:00 – 9:00 pm and Thursday, March27, 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

CIFST MB will be holding a Food Safety Training Workshop on Tuesday, February 18 in partnership with Food Safety Specialists from Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (MAFRD). This training is for students only.  The workshop will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in 245 Ellis Building. Registration deadline is February 12. Limited space available so email now to reserve a spot.

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, February 18 in Room 220 Animal Science Building at 11:30 am.  Umar Rasool, M.Sc. student, will be presenting "Alternative housing systems for chickens".

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, February 25 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am. Jillian Detwiler, Biological Sciences, will be presenting.  Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

The Department of Animal Science will be hosting a Special Seminar in honour of Dr. T. K. Cheung, a former student of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences who has made significant contributions to the Department of Animal Science. Our guest speaker this year is Dr. Juan Loor, Professor of Nuterigenomics at the Department of Animal Science, University of Illinois, Urbana, will be giving a talk on Tuesday, February 25 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 11:30 am.  The title of his talk is “Application of nutrigenomics in dairy and beef cattle to optimize nutrient use at key stages of the life cycle”. All are welcome to attend.

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.

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, March 6 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm. Martin Entz, Plant Science, will be presenting “Taking the training wheels off the carbon cycle: a hopeful agricultural story”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

The 2014 edition of the annual Direct Farm Marketing Conference & Tradeshow is coming to Steinbach March 7 and 8.  The conference will be held in Steinbach’s Pat Porter Active Living Centre. The conference is targeted to Manitoba agri-tourism operators, market garden owners, fruit growers and farmers’ market vendors throughout the province. More info and on-line registration at

The Ecological and Organic Farming Conference will be held Saturday, March 8 at the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm in Carman, MB. The theme is “It All Begins with the Seed” and the topics will focus on seed and genetics for ecological and organic production systems, including field crops, vegetables and livestock. The day will also include a look at marketing options for large and small-scale farmers and more! This event is open to all - registration is $20 and includes lunch. Coffee and registration is at 9:00 am, and conference is 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Please pre-register by phone: 204-474-8563 or by email to: by March 4. For program info visit

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:


Dr. Michael Zwarich, long-time professor of soil genesis and classification in the Department of Soil Science, passed away on January 29, 2014.  His obituary can be found at,last_name%7CASC,first_name%7CASC/page-8/

Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, presented a poster with Janelle Mann in the Economics Department at the Canadian Agricultural Policy Conference: Policies and Regulations for a Thriving Canadian Agri-food System, in Ottawa January 29-31. The poster was entitled "Spatial Arbitage in the Western Canadian Canola Market".  Various presentations are available at:

Zhijie Chen, sponsored by the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education, China, joined the Department of Food Science for the period January to December 2014 under the mentorship of Trust Beta. As a visiting scholar from Jiangsu Food and Pharmaceutical Science College, Zhijie will work towards completion of part of his Ph.D. project initiated with Nanjing Agricultural University.


Shao, Y., Xu, F., Sun, X. Bao, J., and Beta, T. 2014. Identification and quantification of phenolic acids and anthocyanins as antioxidants in bran, embryo and endosperm of white, red and black rice kernels (Oryza sativa L.). Journal of Cereal Science published online at:

Kyle J. Wolf, Joseph G. Daft, Scott M. Tanner, Riley Hartmann, Ehsan Khafipour, and Robin G. Lorenz. Consumption of Acidic Water Alters the Gut Microbiome and Decreases the Risk of Diabetes in NOD Mice. J. Histochem. Cytochem. Jan 22, 2014. DOI: 10.1369/0022155413519650.


Diploma students Fiona Jochum, Mark Owen, Darren Bestland, Jordan Friesen, and Mike Wiebe were quoted in the article "Kids shouldn’t be left to cover Mom and Pop’s tax bill" in the Manitoba Co-operator (February 6) and in the article “Succession plan essential to avoid sibling rivalry” in the Western Producer (February 6). Students attended the Keystone Ag Producers young farmers forum where the discussion was on succession planning. Read it on page 20 at and on page 23 at


Jared Carlberg, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics and acting associate dean, was quoted in the article "Sticky land rental rates" in Country Guide (February 4). Jared was commenting on the upward pressure of demand-side factors on rental rates. Read it on page 19 at

Rob Duncan, Plant Science, was interviewed in the article "New Rules" in Country Guide (February 4). Rob was commenting on amendments to the Plant
Breeders’ Rights Act to bring it into line with the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV 91). Read it on page 48 at


Married alumni Myron and Jill Krahn have been named the Manitoba Outstanding Young Farmers of the Year. Myron (BScAgric/00) and Jill (BScAgric/01) both graduated with agronomy degrees and today, they operate a family farm near Carman. They started a seed dealership in 2009 which has now expanded into retailing soybeans and cereal seed. They have also recently set up on on-site seed treating system. Jill and Myron will move on to the national Outstanding Young Farmers' competition, held later this year. Read more about the Krahns at or on page 3 at

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.

Calling all photographers! You are invited to enter the Discover Ag in the City Photo Contest. This new competition is part of the March weekend event celebrating Manitoba agriculture, held each year at The Forks. Photo themes include General Agriculture; Innovation; and Food in both youth and adult catgories. Cash prizes for top three in both categories, plus the top adult winner will receive a gift certificate for Photo Tours Manitoba. Entries close Friday, February 28 at 6 pm - no charge to enter. Entry form and additional instructions can be found at Prizes will be awarded at The Forks Market, Friday, March 14 at 7 pm.

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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