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January 17, 2015


The Geological Association of Canada National Lecture Tour presents the 2014–2015 Howard Street Robinson Lecturer, Dr. Jean H. Bédard, Geological Survey of Canada, Québec who will present "Continental drift on subductionless stagnant lid planets, the Archaean Earth and Venus", a lecture prepared in collaboration with Dr. Lyal B. Harris, INRS, Quebec on Tuesday, January 20, 1:00 PM in Room 223 Wallace Building, Department of Geological Sciences. Join us for coffee and snacks in the staff lounge following the lecture.  Read the abstract here -

The Faculty is hosting an Ag Alumni Reception on the first day of Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon on Tuesday, January 20. All grads and friends of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences are invited to the CKLQ Hall in the Keystone Centre from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. It will be a great opportunity to visit with friends and colleagues, catch up on memories and learn what is new at the University! Cash bar, free snacks.

While you are at Ag Days, you should check out the excellent speaker sessions on all three days January 20-22. In particular, Don Flaten, Soil Science, will be presenting at 9:30 am on Wednesday, January 21 on "Fertility in Soybeans". Full program at

The fifth seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, January 21 at 3:30 pm in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, 130 Agriculture Building. Martin Entz, Plant Science, will present “Conservation agriculture, organic farming and agroecology: The three musketeers of a sustainable food system”.  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Farm Safety Workshops - To help farmers comply with Workplace Safety and Health regulations and inspections – and to help them protect themselves, their families and their workers – Keystone Agricultural Producers is partnering with the School of Agriculture to present a series of free safety workshops open to farmers in Manitoba. Other sponsors include SAFE Work Manitoba, the Manitoba Canola Growers, and Westman Aerial Spray. Workshops are made possible by a grant from the Research and Workplace Innovation Program of the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba. Workshop dates:   Tuesday, January 27 – Delta Winnipeg. This workshop is being run in conjunction with the KAP annual meeting. Delegates and KAP members are welcome. Admission and lunch are free, and hotel rooms for KAP annual meeting delegates are covered. Visit to register.  Thursday, February 5 – Westman Aerial, Brandon. This workshop is being hosted by Westman Aerial. Call Bonnie at 204-763-8998 to register.  Thursday, February 12 – St. Viator's Church, Dauphin. Visit to register.

Ramp Up Weekend: Campus Edition will pull together developers, designers, makers and entrepreneurs on February 6-8 to turn ideas into real money making businesses in 55 hours. The event, presented by the student group Collegiate Entrepreneur's Organization (CEO), will take place in the Engineering Complex. Winners get a chance to be part of a startup and to win up to $3,000 in cash prizes. Tickets cost $20 for the three day event and can be purchased by emailing or visiting the CEO booth on the main floor at the Asper School of Business between January 12-15. Learn more at!ramp-up-weekend-campus-edition/c24ti

The 2015 Manitoba Young Farmers Conference will take place February 25-26 at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Conference Centre in Brandon, MB. This two-day conference is presented in part by Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development and Keystone Agricultural Producers Young Farmers Committee and will focus on understanding risk management strategies to keep your farm business strong and thriving across generations. Registration and additional information available at

The Transport Institute presents The Warming of the North 2015 - Implications for Arctic Transportation, Supply Chain Management, and Economic Development on March 1-3 in Ottawa, ON. Registration $595 plus GST. Details and registration at


M.Sc. student Sara Raposo-Blouw, R.D., Human Nutritional Sciences, was selected as a finalist to participate in the American Society for Nutrition’s Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition, to be held during the Scientific Sessions at Experimental Biology 2015, Boston, Massachusetts, this March.  Sara, who is advised by Jim House, will be presenting her research entitled: “Effect of High Protein Consumption on Markers of B6 Status in a Rodent Model of Moderate Pyridoxine Deficiency”.

The Department of Human Nutritional Sciences welcomes Dr. Anna Zimoch-Korzycka as a visiting scientist to the department.  Dr. Zimoch-Korzycka is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Food Science, Wroclaw University of Life and Environmental Sciences, Wroclaw, Poland, where she studies meat science and animal product technologies. While in Manitoba, Anna will be hosted by Jim House and she will be participating in collaborative research projects related to protein quality and egg science.

Trust Beta, Food Science attended the American Association of Cereal Chemists International (AACCI) Foundation strategic meeting at the AACCI Headquarters in Minneapolis January 6-7. Current graduate and undergraduate students working in the area of grain science are encouraged to apply for scholarships and fellowships before March 2, 2015. The AACCI will hold its 2015 Centennial Meeting in Minneapolis, MN in October 18-21. The AACCI Foundation will sponsor reduced registration rates for graduate and undergraduate students. In addition, students will be eligible for travel awards of US$250. Faculty and students are strongly encouraged to attend the AACCI annual meeting to mark the next 100 years of cereal grain science innovation.

The Department of Food Science welcomes Dr. Gongjian Fan who joined Trust Beta’s research group on December 22 for one year. Dr. Fan is a lecturer at China’s Nanjing Forestry University in the College of Light Industry Science and Engineering. He will conduct research activities under the Malawi Farmer-to-Farmer Agroecology project.

Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) honoured the late Dr. Guy Lafond at their Annual General Meeting in Saskatoon on January 12, for his significant impact on soil conservation and improvements to prairie agricultural practices by presenting his wife Enid Oddleifson with the Pulse Legacy Award in his memory. Dr. Guy Lafond was an Agriculture and Agri--‐Food Canada researcher and soil conservationist who was well--‐known to many of us in the department. Over his lifetime, he made significant advancements related to zero--‐till development and agronomy research that has altered the way pulses are grown. He came to Saskatchewan via Manitoba, graduating from the University of Manitoba with a master’s degree, before earning his PhD from the University of Saskatchewan. Lafond played a pivotal role in establishing the Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation (IHARF) in the early 1990s. Today IHARF is one of the most successful technology transfer and extension centres in Western Canada. Dr. Lafond is the second person to receive the Pulse Legacy Award. Dr. Alfred Slinkard was presented with the award in August of 2013, recognizing him as one of the founders of the Saskatchewan pulse industry. The award is intended to honour individuals who have made industry changing contributions to the Canadian pulse industry throughout his or her career.

On December 30, the Degree Class of 1975 celebrated their 40th anniversary with lunch and a tour of the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre with Dean Karin Wittenberg (Class of '75 alumna herself). In the afternoon, the group were hosted at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals by Peter Jones.

Last week, the 7th Annual Chili Smackdown competition was held in conjunction with FASO’s chili fundraiser for Siloam Mission. The 2015 Chili Smackdown belt was awarded to Gary Johnson, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, for his ‘Hot Porker’ chili. Thank you to all of you who came out and supported this fundraiser.  FASO will be making a donation of nearly $900 to Siloam Mission (proceeds from the lunch and from the FASO auction) along with the clothing items and food that was donated. Thanks to the students and Faculty who entered the competition this year and thank you to the judges who bravely tasted all eight entries. Judges included Jared Carlberg, Associate Dean Academic, Wendy Kramer, Degree Student Advisor and Addison Cullen, FASO Senior Stick. Chili cooks included Cassie Ross (Basswood Backwoods Chili), Carlene Dmytriw& Rachael Verwey (Jilly Chili), Nadine Meade (Nigel’s Knock Out Chili), Colin Penner (The Moose-ter-piece), Riana Voth (E-bowl-a-chili), Paige Chandler (Hot Meat Cool Beans), Jordan Dahmer & Alysa McIntosh (Mexi Chili) & Gary Johnson (Hot Porker).


Brewin, D.G., Kulshreshtha, S., Undi, M., Wittenberg, K., Tenuta, M., and Ominski, K.H. 2014. Integration of forage, beef, and hog production systems in Western Canada: An economic assessment. Agricultural Systems 127: 1-8.

Rawluk, A., Crow, G., Legesse, G., Veira, D., Bullock, P.R., Gonzales, L., Dubois, M., and Ominski, K. 2014. Off‐Stream Watering Systems and Partial Barriers as a Strategy to Maximize Cattle Production and Minimize Time Spent in the Riparian Area. Animals 4:670‐692


Michele Rogalsky, School of Agriculture, was interviewed by CTV News about how young Winnipeggers are seeking to become farmers. Watch the full interview at

Rob Duncan, Plant Science, was interviewed by CBC Radio Noon on the news that verticillium wilt had been detected in canola in Manitoba.

Nazim Cicek, Biosystems Engineering, was interviewed in the article "Dirty deeds aren’t done dirt cheap when it comes to manure biodigesters" in the Western Producer (December 25). Nazim notes that the two main problems hindering the construction of biodigestors are practical design challenges and economic realities. Read the whole story on page 15 at

Don Flaten, Soil Science, was quoted in the article "Are manure guidelines misleading?" in the Western Producer (December 25). Don was commenting on provincial guidelines for estimating the availability of nitrogen from solid pig and dairy manures. His research has shown that solid manures release their nutrienets much more slowly than expected. Read the whole story on page 50 at

Paul Bullock, Soil Science, was quoted in the article "Not your average soil moisture measuring project" in the Manitoba Co-operator (January 1). The article is about the NASA satellite project that will attempt to measure soil moisture on a global scale. Read more on page 1 at

Rick Holley, Food Science, wrote a column for Western Food Processor magazine (Winter 2014) entitled "Health Canada Takes on Federal Food Inspection". Read the whole article on page 16at

A number of our researchers have been featured on Farmscape News. Check out the interviews with Ehsan Khafipour, Qiang Zhang, Trevor Fraser, and Laurie Connor at


Undergraduate Summer Research Awards are meant to stimulate your interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering! Students have the opportunity 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 deadline for students to submit is February 2, 2015. Visit the Faculty awards page to learn more and download the application form/eligibility criteria at

Invitation to Participate in a Research Study - Healthy volunteers needed to test the effects of omega-3 supplementation. You may be eligible if you are: 18 to 30 years old; not taking medications; and not diagnosed with a disease. To participate, call 204-258-1206 or email

Agriculture in the Classroom-MB needs Ag Ambassadors for Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week (CALW) March 1-7. Help bring the positive agriculture message to classrooms in Manitoba during CALW. Volunteers will be provided with training, and will participate in short presentations including reading a book to the class. To participate, visit and fill out the volunteer form by February 2.

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