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April 11, 2014


The winter 2014’s last seminar in the Department of Animal Science Seminar Series will be held on Tuesday, April 15 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 11:30 am.  Gustavo Mejicanos, M.Sc. student, will be presenting "The nutritive value of dehulled canola meal" to be followed by Lindsey Lippens, M.Sc. student, presenting "The genetic and phenotypic relationships between temperament, feeding behaviour and residual feed intake in Western Canadian cattle production systems" to be followed by Carollyne Kehler, M.Sc. student, title TBA.

The seventh seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, April 16 at 3:30 pm in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, 130 Agriculture Building. Ehsan Khafipour, Animal Science, will be presenting "'Microbial Wall Street: Development, Stability, and Crisis in the Digestive System – How it Impacts the Host".  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

"Science and Policy: Lake Winnipeg Watershed" will be presented by Manitoba Institute for Policy Research, University of Manitoba, on Thursday, April 17 at 7:00 pm, McNally Robinson Atrium, 1120 Grant Avenue. An issue central to the future of Manitoba is the health and vitality of Lake Winnipeg and its watershed. It is an issue that will remain on the Manitoba policy agenda for years to come. This evening’s discussion with the Hon. Gord Mackintosh (Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship) and Terry Duguid (former Chair of the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission) will focus on what the science is telling us and what options we have moving forward.  Register at

"Climate Change in Manitoba: Impacts and Adaptations" will be presented by Manitoba Institute for Policy Research, University of Manitoba, on Tuesday, April 29 at 6:00 pm, at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café, 237 McDermot Ave. Climate change is a global issue with localized effects that can alter the environmental, economic and social landscapes of a region. What are the current and future impacts of climate change in Manitoba? How will these changes affect the general population? Finally, how can we mitigate and adapt to climate change? Dr. Danny Blair (Deptarment of Geography, University of Winnipeg) and Jo-Ellen Parry (Deputy Director of Climate Change and Energy, International Institute for Sustainable Development) will discuss the environmental transformations we can expect and the potential solutions going forward.  Register at

All support staff are invited to an event co-sponsored by the Faculties of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Science, Education, Environment and Law. Rhonda Scharf will present "Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug — How to get control of your life" on Monday, April 28 at 11:30 am in 172 St. John's College, Robert Schultz Lecture Theatre. Sometimes life gets the better of us, and we ask, “Whose life is it anyway?” When you stop living for yourself, and live only for everyone else, something is missing. In this humorous keynote, Rhonda shares that not only do we all experience this feeling — it’s OK to be frustrated! Learn how to stay away from contagious negativity, look at life through a positive focus and stop blaming. Take control of your own life is the message — and through realistic, easy and fun approaches to change, Rhonda leaves everyone laughing about life, instead of crying — but most importantly, the knowledge on how to get back the life we want to have! Refreshments will be served after the talk. Book signing to follow. Ag & Food Sciences support staff - please RSVP to Crystal at or 204-474-9435 by Thursday, April 17.

The University of Manitoba Visionary Conversations series will present "Should we have the right to die? The Evolution of the Rights Culture" on Wednesday, April 30 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre. The Charter of the Rights and Freedoms is silent on the right to die, but other states in Scandinavia have extended this right to all citizens. Should Canada start a national discussion on the right to die? The issues to be discussed include: disabilities, ethics and the right to die. For more details on the event, visit

The University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented at a gala at 7:30 pm on Thursday, May 1 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. For complete details and to register, visit

Save the Date! The Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals is hosting the conference "Western Canadian Functional Food Ingredients: Strategies to Manage Costs and Enhance Products" on June 11 – 12. Learn about technologies and applications to enhance your products or control costs using functional ingredients grown in Manitoba and western Canada, such as flax, pulses, hemp, vegetables and berries. This event will be of interest to food processors, ingredient suppliers, entrepreneurs, technology developers and manufacturers, food product developers, researchers and regulatory agencies with strong interest in developing and using functional ingredients. More details coming soon - visit

The 6th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture is coming to Winnipeg June 22-25. This event is being sponsored by the North American Conservation Agriculture Systems Alliance (CASA), which was started back in 2007 through the convening efforts of the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) in Lafayette, IN.  The Soil Conservation Council of Canada (SCCC) is a member of CASA, and it is through the hard work of SCCC and CTIC (the co-hosts of this Congress) that the event is taking place here in North America. In addition to a star-studded program, there are also two tours following the Congress that you may take part in. To learn more about the Congress, please visit the website at or contact Marla Riekman at directly for more details.


The Department of Food Science reported the passing of Dr. Reginald Gallop on March 30. Dr. Gallop was the first Food Science department head, serving in that role from 1966 to 1978. He retired from the University of Manitoba in 1990. Read his obituary at|DESC,last_name|ASC,first_name|ASC/.

The Department of Plant Science reported the April 4 passing of Dr. Jim Daun, a former adjunct in their department. Jim worked for many years as a research scientist at the Canadian Grain Commission.  Read his obituary at,last_name%7CASC/.

The Green Paper "Moving Toward Prairie Agriculture 2050" was presented at the 10th annual Alberta Institute of Agrologists Banff Conference, held April 1-3.  The paper includes contributions from 23 authors, and was edited by Brian Amiro, Christine Rawluk and Karin Wittenberg. The year is 2050, and food production on the Prairies is successfully adapting in response to changes in climate and resources, as well as other drivers including new technologies, markets, trade and policies. The paper presents perspectives addressing a broad range of issues related to water, livestock production, cropping systems, pests, food quality and insurance.  For each topic, the authors present the current status; what is likely to be forthcoming; describe the importance; and provide some guidance of what is being done or should be done.  These topics provide a framework for further discussion as we adapt our management to ensure a strong Prairie agriculture industry into the future.  The complete Green Paper is available online at

A number of awards were presented at the 2014 Degree Grads Farewell held March 15 at Centro Caboto. Jared Carlberg, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was voted Teacher of the Year. James Kingdon received the John Roth Memorial Award. The Major Award recipients were Nicole Aubin, Katherine McNabb, James Kingdon, Riana Voth and Nick Lea. The Minor Award recipients were Jolene Godard, Samantha Hink, Heather McKay, Laura Stewart, Serena Klippenstein and Hayley Senkowski.

Kristine Blair, Animal Science M.Sc. student, has been named to the Canadian Cattle Association Cattlemen's Young Leaders Program (CYL). The CYL pairs participants with a mentor for an eight-month mentorship. CYL participants have the opportunity to explore a potential career choice or involvement with a provincial/national producer organization, while gaining the expertise and business acumen necessary to sustain the cattle industry into the future.  Students from our Faculty have had success in this program before, including Carollyne Kehler and Cody Krentz.

Laura Stewart, undergraduate student in the Faculty, was selected as one of the University of Manitoba Emerging Leaders, an award which recognizes the outstanding contributions that student leaders make to the enhancement of the institution and our community. Laura joined other winners at the ELA dinner, this year featuring the Knight Distinguished Visiting Lecturer and world-renowned astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Plant Science graduate students from the University of Manitoba, University of Saskatchewan, and North Dakota State University participate annually in a Graduate Student Symposium.  Seven graduate students from Plant Science travelled to Saskatoon in March for this year’s meeting.  The symposium is a great trip not only for sharing research between the three campuses, but also for networking and meeting new friends in the industry.  Congratulations to Paul Gregoire (M.Sc. student with Rob Gulden)  for winning first place in the agronomy, weed science and ecology category.

The Food Fight at the Forks - U of M edition was once again part of the Discover Agriculture in the City weekend held in March at The Forks. Six teams made up of students from Food Science and Human Nutritional Sciences competed with such diverse food products as peanut butter hot chocolate, wine jelly yogurt, chickpea cookies, sweetened milk spread and cassava cheese bread. The winning team, which included Jinyuan Liu, Kelly Gogela, Shuofei Li, Manlei Lai, and Fanny Cabero, impressed the judges with their "Breakfast Lentil Bar" product, a soft breakfast bar made with red and green lentils, oats and fruit.  A big thanks to Food Product Development professor Sue Arntfield and her class for their enthusiastic participation, and to everyone that made the day such a great success, including emcee Lyndsey Smith and judges Judy Wilson, Doug Speirs and Dave Shambrock

Laurie Connor, Animal Science, was an invited speaker at the London Swine Conference, London, Ontario on March 27 and gave two presentations: one in the main session entitled “Group Sow Housing – the Facts” and one as a part of a workshop entitled “Success with Group Housing”

Ehsan Khafipour and Hein Min Tun, Animal Science, attended the Keystone Symposia on Exploiting and Understanding Chemical Biotransformations in the Human Microbiome which took place in Big Sky, Montana, April 1-6.

Participants in the NICANVEG project co-led by Wole Akinremi, Soil Science, have been recognized for their outstanding efforts. Nigeria's Osun State University has won the Southwest Nigeria Outstanding University of the Year Award for 2014 for its research project aimed at improving nutrition, incomes, and food security for Nigeria’s rural poor. Researchers are working with rural women farmers to develop tools for better production, processing, and marketing of local vegetables. Clement Adebooye was also selected as the Southwest Nigeria Man of the Year for his work as lead researcher of the project. Adebooye is director of research and linkages and a professor of plant physiology at Osun State University. This project is funded by the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund, a joint program undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada and IDRC. The Southwest Nigeria Excellence awards are selected by Nigerian media. 


Biney, K., and Beta, T. 2014. Phenolic profile and carbohydrate digestibility of durum spaghetti enriched with buckwheat flour and bran. LWT - Food Science and Technology 57: 569-579. Online access is available at:

Khafipour E, Munyaka PM, Nyachoti CM, Krause DO, and Rodriguez-Lecompte JC. 2014. Effect of crowding stress and Escherichia coli K88 challenge in nursery pigs supplemented with anti- Escherichia coli K88 probiotics. J. Anim. Sci. [Epub ahead of print, Mar 18]

Bouchard K, Wittenberg KM, Legesse G, Krause DO, Khafipour E, Buckley KE, and Ominski KH. 2014. Comparison of feed intake, body weight gain, enteric methane emission and relative abundance of rumen microbes in steers fed sainfoin and Lucerne silages under western Canadian conditions. Grass Forage Sci. doi: 10.1111/gfs.12105.


Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, provided a Canola Outlook for the CTV farm show, Farmgate . The interview will air April 12.

Karin Wittenberg and Brian Amiro were both quoted in the article "Climate change could turn focus on Prairies for food production" in the Calgary Herald. They were interviewed following the launch of the AIA Green Paper.

Rob Gulden, Plant Science, was quoted in the article "Volunteer canola in Roundup Ready soybeans" in Grainews (April 8). Two years into a four-year study on the topic, Rob and his students are currently assessing environmental and economic action thresholds that should be reached before growers begin spraying, as well as cultural methods of controlling volunteer canola.  Read it on page 10 at

Martin Entz, Plant Science, was quoted in the article "Organic soybeans possible in Manitoba: study" in the Western Producer (April 3). Martin was sharing the results of a seven year project at Carman on organic soybean production and a multi-site study on weed control in soybeans and dry edible bean production. Read it on page 38 at

Tracy Court and Gary Lenderbeck, two agronomy alumni from 2008, are featured in the article on farm succession planning entitled "Take a detour?" in Country Guide (March 31). The article describes how the two young people, both from farm backgrounds, headed out to pursue their post-secondary and eventually returned to join the family operation. Read it beginning on page 10 in

The U of M Food Fight competition was featured in Doug Speirs' column in the Free Press entitled "Beer yogurt...I'd vote for that!". Doug serves regularly as one of the judges in the annual contest of student food products. Read his humorous take on the experience at


There is a new Faculty entrance award aimed at students interested in careers in food production and processing industries. As a result of funding from the Guelph Food Technology Centre, the University of Manitoba is offering three scholarships (pending Senate approval) of up to $8,000 each ($4,000 in the first year with the potential for renewal in the second year) to high school students with an interest in pursuing a degree in Food Science in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. Full details and application form available at Deadline to apply is May 5.

Please be advised that the new My Exams feature in Aurora is now available for instructors, students and advisors. Students and instructors will be able to use this feature to access their own personal exam schedule, and Advisors may use this feature to access exam schedules for their students. For students, the My Exams link is found by clicking “Registration and Exams” under the “Enrolment and Academic Records” tab in Aurora. Advisors and Instructors will access their schedule using the link “View Current Exam Schedule” under their respective Advisor or Faculty Services tab.

Do you know a support staff member or team that deserves recognition? Nominate them for the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Support Staff Award. The Faculty has two annual awards recognizing the outstanding contributions by Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences support staff. Complete details ( and nomination form ( are available online.  Deadline is May 1.

The CATL (Centre of Teaching & Learning)'s "Celebrating Teaching & Learning" annual event invites all sessional instructors, pre-tenure and tenured faculty to describe how they've recently challenged themselves in their teaching for a chance to win an IPad. Learn more at  The deadline to submit is May 12, 2014,

Do you have extra belly fat? The Richardson Center for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals is conducting a nutrition study to investigate how dietary oils can improve your health while potentially reducing android (belly) fat. The study is open to men and women who meet the following criteria: aged 20-65; elevated blood cholesterol; elevated waist circumference; not taking medication to lower blood lipids/cholesterol; and non-smoker. Volunteers will be compensated for their participation. For more information, visit or contact (204) 480-1042 or

The Richardson Centre is also pleased to announce the launch of Man-U-Lab, a partnership with the University of Manitoba to provide laboratory services. Man-U-Lab's goal is to customize your testing, research or product development needs for an ever-changing consumer regulatory or industry landscape. In addition to our specialized services, we offer comprehensive consulting on navigating regulatory issues, project financing and grant funding, and strategic marketing advice. See a complete list of customized research and analytical services, and equipment rentals at and to find out more, contact Sandra Dyal, Man-U-Lab Coordinator at or 204-474-9989.

International Year of Family Farming photo competition-FAO calls for entries - The 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) highlights the crucial role that family farming plays in the sustainable production of 70% of food produced in the world, as well as its part in safeguarding ecosystems and biodiversity. The IYFF photo competition promotes the use of visual expression to achieve greater recognition and support for family farming and to encourage broad participation around the IYFF. The competition is organized by the World Rural Forum and Agricultures Network, with FAO's support in promoting the contest.  Photo entries should represent the family farming slogan: feeding the world, caring for the earth. Entries must visualize the strength, potential and challenges of sustainable, multifunctional family farmers worldwide, in all their diversity and contexts. The competition is open to all photographers worldwide. The participation of farmers, women and youth is strongly encouraged. The deadline for entries is May 1, 2014, but it would be appreciated if applicants could send photos in earlier. The winning photos will be announced in October 2014. For further information visit the official website of the International Photography Contest -2014 IYFF at

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