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October 15, 2014


A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, October 21 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 10:00 am.  Kristine Blair, M.Sc. student with Kim Ominski, will be presenting "Enteric Methane Emissions of Beef Cattle Offered Forage Diets ".

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, October 21 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am.  Graham Parsons, Entomology, will present "Population dynamics, parasites and pesticides: their effects on wintering honey bees”. Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

The University of Manitoba 4H Leaders Club is holding a special seminar on Wednesday, October 22 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, Room 130 Agriculture Building.  Dr. Owen Roberts, director of research communications at the University of Guelph, will speak on "The creative SPARK: A role for students in agricultural knowledge translation and transfer". Owen will detail the highly successful SPARK (Students Promoting Awareness of Research Knowledge) program, a unique training opportunity for students to gain experience in written communications -- from hard news to public relations. Through SPARK, students acquire marketable skills and knowledge that they can take into the professional world.

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, October 23 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm.  Doug Cattani, Plant Science, will be presenting “Lessons Learned from Genetically Modified Perennial Plants”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

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 25 for the Pumpkin Party from 10:30 am to 3 pm. Pumpkin carving for the kids and a pumpkin pie workshop for parents. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Activities are complimentary with admission. For directions, visit

A Department of Animal Science Special Seminar will be held on Tuesday, October 28 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 10:00 am.  Argenis Rodas-Gonsález, Assistant Professor of Meat Science, Animal Science, will be presenting "Evaluation of novel processing and packaging technologies to improve competitiveness of the Canadian bison industry: Preliminary results".

A Soil Science Seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, October 29 at 12:30 pm in Room 346 Ellis Building with Prof. Duro Oyedele from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, on "Water use efficiencies of four indigenous vegetables of southwestern Nigeria as affected by rates of nitrogen fertilizer application".

The Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics is pleased to announce that Dr. Richard Gray will present the Sixth Annual Daryl F. Kraft Lecture on Wednesday, October 29. Please join us at the Richardson International Auditorium (172 Agriculture Building) for coffee at 2:30 pm.  Dr. Gray's lecture, entitled “Fostering Productivity on Both Sides of the Farm Gate (Can we grow it; can we move it?)”, will begin at 3:00 pm.  Dr. Gray is a professor in the Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics at the University of Saskatchewan. He has a broad range of research interests covering many aspects of agricultural policy. He is currently studying a number of national crop research systems, with particular interest in the role of the public, producer and private sectors, in research funding, governance and intellectual property management. He is particularly interested in how joint ventures and partnerships can help overcome market failures in research.

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, October 30 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm.  Dr. Arvindkumar Hirani, Postdoctoral Fellow, Plant Science, will be presenting “Mapping and Transferring of Clubroot Resistance Genes from /Brassica rapa/ into Canola”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

The School of Agriculture is holding a special seminar entitled "Farming's In-Law Factor...  the impact of in-laws on family farms" on Monday, November 3 at 5:30 pm in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, Room 130 Agriculture Building. Speakers are Dr. Megan McKenzie and Elaine Froese. Following the seminar, Elaine will be selling and signing her “Farming’s In-Law Factor” books in the Atrium. Cost for the books is $30. 

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, November 4 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am.  Dr. Sebastian Schwarz, Department of Psychology, will present "How to find home in the scorching heat: the efficient use of multiple navigational strategies in desert ants". Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

The Agri Innovation Forum is once again coming to Winnipeg on November 18 and 19. This is the "Partnering Conference for the Agri-Bioeconomy." Complete program and registration details at

Mark your calendar for the Agricultural Excellence Conference "Seeding Transition to Harvest Change" scheduled for November 19-21 in Winnipeg at the Fort Garry Hotel.  Full details at

The Transport Institute's 19th annual Fields on Wheels conference entitled "Wheat, Chaff and Steel: Grain Transportation in the 21st Century" is scheduled for December 3 at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel. Registration is now open and the agenda is available at

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - The 2014 Manitoba Agronomists Conference will be held Wednesday, December 10 and Thursday, December 11 in Room 172 Agriculture Building and via webcast. The cost is $215.  Register by December 1 to take advantage of the early bird rate of $165.  Registration closes December 7.  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 Any inquiries can be directed to the 2014 MAC Coordinator, Rachel Sydor at or 204-474-8473.


Ali Salimi, Ph.D. student in Food Science, won the  2014 Texture Technology Quality Research Best Presentation Award at the AACCI annual meeting held October 5-8 in Providence, RI. Ali presented the poster "Evaluating the effect of barley Beta-glucan on mechanical properties of white salted and yellow alkaline noodles using ultrasound". His Ph.D. thesis is on the use of ultrasound to evaluate mechanical properties of Asian noodles fortified with barley beta-glucan under supervision of Martin Scanlon, Food Science, John Page, Physics and Astronomy, and Dave Hatcher, Grain Research Laboratory, Canadian Grain Commission.

Trust Beta, Food Science, and graduate students Victoria Ndolo and Lilei Yu also attended the AACI conference. Both Victoria and Lilei gave oral presentations on "Application of LC-MS/MS to identify niacin in cereal grain aleurone layers of yellow corn, barley and wheat" and "Phenolic compounds and antioxidant properties during production of bread from purple-coloured wheat grains", respectively.

Kees Plaizier, Animal Science, gave a keynote presentation on "Recent progress in research on ruminal acidosis in cattle" at the 28th  Discover Conference on Starch Utilization by Ruminants organized by the American Dairy Science Association October 6-9 in Naperville, IL.

Another Faculty profile is now featured on the "Community Stories" page of the Community Engagement site. Kris Dick, Biosystems Engineering, provided some highlights from the Growing Village, a U of M research project focused on alternative and sustainable buildings and associated construction technologies. Every year, Kris and his engineering students travel to the surrounding areas of Gracias Lempira, Honduras, where they work with locals to implement their designs. Students from the Faculty of Architecture and College of Nursing also take part. Read it at

The latest NCLE News is available online at The feature article is "Made in Manitoba tools for selecting the optimum sow group housing design". Other highlights include a project which composts manure solids so they can be reused as bedding for dairy cows, plus other NCLE updates.  Not receiving NCLE News? Sign up at


Sciences and Technology Library Fall 2014 Workshop series - Workshops are available to all students. For full details of the workshops being offered and how to register, please visit:


Sheikhhosseini, A., Shirvani, M., Shariatmadari, H., Zvomuya, F., Najafi, B. 2014. Kinetics and thermodynamics of nickel sorption to calcium–palygorskite and calcium–sepiolite: A batch study. Geoderma 217‐218:111‐117.


Don Flaten and Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, were quoted in the article "Make better soil" in Country Guide (October 2014). They discuss the importance, and challenges, of sustaining the soil. Read it on page 42 at

Rob Currie, Entomology, was quoted in the article "The neonic choice" in Country Guide (October 2014). The article provides a backgrounder on the controversial insecticide and its potential effect on bees. Read it on page 48

Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was interviewed by CJOB radio last Tuesday about research conducted by Chad Lawley, Di Xiang, and himself.  Research focuses on the regressive effects of supply management on Canadian consumers.


p>Certificate of Merit Call for Nominations - The Certificate of Merit is presented by the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and the School of Agriculture in recognition of leadership with agricultural organizations and outstanding service to the community at large. Each year two Certificates of Merit are presented, normally, one to a graduate of the Agriculture Diploma program, and one to a graduate of the Agriculture Degree program. Nominations are considered by the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Executive Committee and must be received no later than December 15, 2014. Nominations should include a letter from the nominator describing the nominee’s leadership contributions and service to the community.  Letters of support may also be included. More information including a list of previous recipients can be found at

RCFFN is stilll looking for study volunteers - The Dairy Study is a nutrition study to investigate the effects of dairy products on cardiovascular health -  The COMIT Study is examining how dietary oils can improve your health while potentially reducing android (belly) fat - Volunteers will be compensated for their participation.

Flu shots are now available at University Health Service - The flu shot is free and available to U of M students, faculty and staff. Please call 204-474-8411 to book your appointment. Dates available are: October 22 & 30, November 5, 6, 20, 27 & 28, December 4 & 11.

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