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May 22, 2014


Michael Trevan, Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, and Salomon Gonzalez, Internationally Educated Agrologist Program graduate, and Manager of Manufacturing at Maple Leaf will participate in the panel "Three Past PEARL Award Winners – Where are they now?" on Thursday, May 22 at 1:30 pm at Red River College. The session features Recognition of Prior Learning program designers, graduates and employers about how these programs were created, key components, why they succeeded and what they are doing now in 2014. The panel session will be live streamed at

The Associates of the Asper School of Business are pleased to invite students, faculty and staff of the University of Manitoba to a presentation by the 2014 International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award recipient Linda Hasenfratz, CEO, Linamar Corporation on Monday, May 26, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Main Level, Drake Centre. Linamar Corporation is a diversified global manufacturing company of driveline components for passengaer vehicles and on- and off-road industry vehicles, based in Guelph, ON.  Students, Faculty and Staff of the University of Manitoba who are in attendance will have an opportunity to win tickets to the Gala Dinner Event (a minimum of three names will be drawn). Confirm your attendance by email to

Manitoba Institute for Policy Research: Pizza and a Pint will present "Post-Secondary Education in Manitoba" on Thursday, May 29, 6 pm - 7:30 pm at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café (237 McDermot Ave). Post-secondary education matters to Canadians, and it matters to Manitobans.  As we finish up one academic year and begin another,  there has been a great deal of debate in Canada regarding the value of post-secondary education for society and for individuals,  current employment prospects for recent graduates, and who pays for what in post-secondary education.  Our speakers for the evening will build on this conversation by presenting what they think are the top five issues facing post-secondary education in Manitoba. The Pizza and Pint are $10, the Policy is Free. RSVP:

The Manitoba Weed Supervisors Association will present Weed Seedling Identification Day on Friday, May 30, 1:15 to 3:30 pm (rain or shine) at the Ian N. Morrison Research Station. The Weed Seedling Identification Presentation will include an overview of information for identifying weeds in the seedling stage, including tips on common family traits, cotyledon shape, and other useful identification tools. Presenter:  Ingrid Kristjanson, Manitoba Agriculture, Food & Rural Development. A Weed Seedling Identification Practice Session will also take place, with a wide selection of weeds will be available for practicing weed identification skills. There is no charge and everyone is welcome. For more information please contact Michèle Ammeter: Macdonald Weed District, (204) 736-2331 or Kent Shewfelt: Louise Roblin Weed District (204) 825-7184.

It's time once again for Campus Beautification Day on Friday, June 6 beginning at 9 am and continuing throughout the day. Please volunteer some time out of your busy day to help make our campus beautiful, meet and have fun with co-workers and maybe win some prizes. Refreshments and lunch for all volunteers! Bring your travel coffee mug to this eco-friendly event. There will be general spring cleanup, raking, weeding, and planting flowers. There will be some extra gardening tools available, but it would be helpful if you could bring your work gloves, spades and rakes (if you have), and wear suitable footwear. Talk to your department office for more information.

New students and their families will be coming to campus on Saturday, June 7, for the Head Start Day organized by the Office of Student Life. Students and their supporters (families and friends) will have an opportunity to tour campus and residences, learn more about academic programs, the registration process and the resources available to them. The Faculty will be welcoming degree direct entry students at this event.  Learn more at

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. Early bird cost is $169 and ends May 23. They are also offering a $50 student conference fee. Registration form and agenda can be found at

Hay and Silage Day 2014 will be held Tuesday, June 17. Harvested hay and silage are valuable products that are necessary for feeding livestock throughout Manitoba.  Learn about making high quality hay and silage, managing fields, testing and storing options. The day will run 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Friedensfeld Community Centre in Steinbach (take Hwy #12 to PTH #303, turn left and head east for 1.6 kilometers). Cost:  $10 per person, $5 per child (includes lunch). Register before Friday, June 6 by calling Steinbach GO Office at 204-346-6080. Registration, coffee, displays begin at 9:00 am. Presentations begin at 10:00 am.

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 Natural Systems Agriculture program will offer the inaugural Advanced Organic Crop Diagnostic School on Friday, July 18, 8:30 am to 4 pm at the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm in Carman, MB. This is an advanced-level, all-day workshop that will feature in-depth sessions on nutrient management in organic systems, weed management, soil health, and more. If you are an experienced organic farmer, agronomist or extension agent wanting to expand your knowledge of the whys and hows of organic crop management, this workshop may be for you. Cost: $35/person (includes lunch). Pre-registration required - maximum 100 people. Call Monika Menold at 204-745-5663 to register. Visit for more details.

Also mark your calendar for the Ecological and Organic Farming Systems Field Tour on the evening of Tuesday, July 22 at the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm.  Those who are just beginning in organic farming are encouraged to attend this tour, rather than the Advanced Diagnostic School.  This free evening tour runs from 6 pm to 8 pm and is open to all who are interested in learning about our research in the Natural Systems Agriculture lab or about ecological and organic farming in general. Visit for more details.

The University of Manitoba Transport Institute (UMTI) is pleased to present the Warming of the North Conference in Ottawa, Ontario from September 28-30, 2014. This major international transportation conference will bring together stakeholders from government, academia, private and public industry and business to discuss the impact of warming trends on transportation in the North.  The theme of the conference is Implications for Arctic Transportation, Supply Chain Management, and Economic Development.  With Canada in the role of Chair of the Arctic Council, it is vital that the country take the lead on presenting the issues facing the world as the passages in the North open up to shipping traffic.  The agenda is now available to view and registration is officially open for this event.  Please visit or go directly to the conference information page here


The Department of Food Science has reported that Dr. Wende Li passed away May 13, 2014. He joined the Department in 2004 as a visiting professor and then worked as a Research Associate under Trust Beta’s research programme. Please join us in celebrating Dr. Wende Li's life at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday May 25, 2014 at Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home with reception to follow. He is survived by his wife Chan Zhao and daughter Meng Li. If so desired, donations may be made in Dr. Wende Li's memory to CancerCare Manitoba.

Lindsey Lippens, M.Sc. student in Animal Science, has been named one of 20 successful student applicants from Canada and around the world selected to attend the 2014 International Livestock Congress Student Bursary Program July 8-11 in Calgary, AB. This year's student program will consist of opportunities to meet leaders of the beef industry, hear and discuss current global issues within the industry, meet other agricultural students from around the world, and seek employment opportunities within the industry. Lindsey is looking forward to interacting and learning from industry professionals about current issues on a local and global level, as well as meeting other students within the industry. She is supervised by Kim Ominski and is studying feeding behaviour and temperament in beef cattle and how these may relate to feed efficiency.

Ann Ding and Helen Liu, grade 11 students from Fort Richmond Collegiate, working with Ehsan Khafipour and Ph.D. student Peris Munyaka, Animal Science, competed in Manitoba School Science Symposium and won gold for their project on “The shared microbiome between you and your pets”.

Dylan MacKay, Ph.D. student in Human Nutritional Sciences, has won this year’s American Society for Nutrition Clinical Emerging Leader Award. The award recognizes a graduate student who is a major contributor in the planning or conducting of a human clinical nutrition trial. The award was presented at this year’s Experimental Biology Meeting in San Diego on April 26-30. Dylan’s research focuses on how a person’s genetic make-up determines how they react to plant sterol consumption. Dylan conducts his research at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals.

Dilantha Fernando, Plant Science was invited to give a keynote talk in the plenary sessions of the conference "Transforming Canada-China Educational Cooperation's Significant Legacies and Future Challenges" held May 8-10 at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. The conference was organized by University of Toronto and Tsinghua University to commemorate over 30 years of successful university linkages between the two countries. Dilantha was invited to give the keynote for agriculture related linkages. The title of his presentation was "An extreme makeover of canola/rapeseed genetics for poverty alleviation in rural China: a successful CIDA funded partnership between University of Manitoba and Huazhong Agricultural University". The keynote speakers were later invited by Mr. Guy Saint-Jacques, the Ambassador of Canada in China to a reception at his official residence to celebrate.

Martin Nyachoti, Animal Science, was an invited speaker at the 2014 Eastern Nutrition Conference held at Guelph, ON, May 14-15. Martin’s presentation was entitled “Nutritional concepts to improve gut health in swine and poultry”. While at Guelph, Martin also met with members of the swine nutrition lab at the University of Guelph to discuss ongoing and future research projects.

Amanda Taylor, Ph.D. student, and Brian Amiro, Soil Science, attended the Agricultural and Forest Meteorology Conference of the American Meteorological Society in Portland Oregon May 12-15.  Amanda presented a poster on "Challenges with measuring greenhouse gas fluxes over seasonal cattle operations in Manitoba, Canada"

Chad Lawley will be presenting an invited talk entitled “Economic Incentives and Moral Suasion in Habitat Conservation” at the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC, on May 31.

Martin Scanlon and Arnie Hydamaka, Food Science, both spent two weeks at Huazhong Agricultural University.  Arnie was teach a 1 CH graduate level course on Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals, while Martin taught a 1 CH undergraduate level course on Food Packaging.  Martin also presented a research seminar in the College of Food Science & Technology at HZAU on 17th May entitled, Determining the quality of cereal products with low intensity ultrasound.


Bicudo, M.O.P., Hoffmann-Ribani, R., and Beta, T. 2014. Anthocyanins, phenolic acids and antioxidant properties of juçara fruits (Euterpe edulis M.) along the on-tree ripening process. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition published online at:

Rose, K. P. and Farenhorst, A. 2014. Estrone and 17 B-estradiol mineralization in liquid swine manure and soil in the presence and absence of penicillin or tetracycline.   Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B. 49 (5): 331-337.

Asgedom, H., Tenuta, M., Flaten, D.N., Gao, X., and Kebreab, E. 2014. Nitrous Oxide Emissions from a Clay Soil Receiving Granular Urea Formulations and Dairy Manure. Agronomy Journal 106(2):732‐744.          


Certificate of Merit recipients Ed Tyrchniewicz, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, and Marg Rempel were featured in the story "Two recognized for contributions to Manitoba agriculture” in the Manitoba Co-operator (May 15). As well, the School of Agriculture Convocation was highlighted in the article "Diploma in agriculture graduation". Read both articles on page 9 at

Martin Entz, Plant Science, authored the article "Ecological farming has bright future" in the Manitoba Co-operator (May 15). Martin notes that natural systems agriculture offers a practical alternative to ‘command and control’ production models. Read it on page 5 at

The recent green paper Moving Toward Prairie Agriculture 2050 was featured by Laura Rance in her article "What climate change could mean on farm" in the Winnipeg Free Press (May 8) and in the article "Change is constant" on the Manitoba Co-operator website (May 9). Read it at and

Guy Robbins, Farm & Food Discovery Centre, was interviewed in the article "Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre Offers New Programming for Schools" on Farmscape. Listen to it at

David Lobb, Soil Science, was quoted in the article "Farm reservoir keeps nutrients away from lake" in the Winnipeg Free Press (May 10). The Watershed Systems Research program (David, senior chair; Selena Randall, research development coordinator) participated in an on-farm reservoir project near Fannystelle. The article portrayed a range of local and regional benefits from more innovative and integrated agricultural water management. Read it at

Take a look through the photo essay "A Year on the Farm" created by Karen Niedzwiecki, who works in the University of Manitoba's Marketing Communications Office. Karen’s dad Lawrence Delichte and brothers Warren and Gordon are alumni of our Faculty. Karen and her sister spent a year following their family around with cameras to capture life on their mixed operations.


Volunteers Needed at Red River Ex - The Farm and Food Discovery Centre will again have an information booth at the Red River Exhibition June 13-22. We are looking for volunteers (faculty, staff and students) to assist FFDC staff with answering questions from the public, handing out leaflets and helping with activities. Volunteers will get a pass to the Red River Exhibition and also a car park pass. Slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Please email Guy Robbins ( with the days (including alternate days) you would like to do and whether you can do afternoons and/or evenings (coverage is noon to 9pm June 13 to June 22 inclusive) plus telephone numbers for contact.

The Faculty's annual newsletter, the Aggregate, was recently distributed to all alumni as an insert in the University's On Manitoba magazine. The publication provides a quick summary of the Faculty's research, academic and outreach highlights in 2013-14. If you didn't get one in the mail, you can check out the Aggregate online

Check out the new career video created by Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba entitled "Your Life - Your Agriculture" aimed at high school students, featuring Agribusiness student Melissa Rheault -

The Agriculture Building summer hours have begun and will run until September 2, including the library study hall. They are Monday to Friday - 7:30 am to 6:30 pm, and weekends and holidays – closed. The fall and winter building hours will resume on September 3.


AG e-news > May 22, 2014