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January 29, 2015


A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, February 3 in 219 Animal Science Building at 11:30 am.  Samuel Waititu, Ph.D. student with Martin Nyachoti, will be presenting "Towards antibiotic-free feeding programs for piglets: The role of dietary nucleotides".  All are 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:   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.

There will be a FAST online seminar on Friday, February 6 at 12:30 pm entitled "Industry-Partnered Collaborative Research – The Journey from the Idea to the Grant” presented by Dr. Yves Pouliot. The session will provide an overview of why industry-partnered collaborations are valuable for academic researchers, and how such collaborations typically work. Dr. Pouliot will then offer tips on how to prepare a grant application for the programs that provide financial incentives for such collaborations (e.g. NSERC, CIHR, Mitacs). Dr. Pouliot is an industrial researcher at Université Laval as well as NSERC-Novalait chair on process efficiency in dairy technology. This seminar is being presented as part of the FAST program, a joint initiative between Université Laval and the University of Manitoba. To register to attend, please complete the following form by January 3rd, 2015:

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  Learn more at!ramp-up-weekend-campus-edition/c24ti.

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. Kees de Lange, Professor of Swine Nutrition at the Department of Animal and Poultry Science, University of Guelph, who will be giving a talk on Tuesday, February 10 in 219 Animal Science Building at 11:30 am.  The title of his talk is “A bright future for Animal Science: Perspective from an animal nutritionist”. All are welcome to attend.

There will be a special seminar entitled "The Relevance of Treaties to the Agricultural Community" on Wednesday, February 11, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm in the Richardson International Auditorium, Rm 172 Agriculture. Speakers include Mr. James Wilson, Treaty Commissioner of the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba and Mr. Ovide Mercredi, Special Advisor to the University of Manitoba President, with moderator Mr. E.J. Fontaine (DipAgric/87), President of Anish Corportation, President and CEO of Come hear our speakers discuss the relevance of treaties to farmers and the agricultural community addressing the past, current and future of food production and security. The seminar is being provided to second year Diploma in Agriculture students as part of their capstone course, where they are exploring issues that impact their farms and their industry.

Food Matters Manitoba is hosting "The Future of Food in Winnipeg" on Friday, February 20 from 9 am to 12 noon at the University of Winnipeg Convocation Hall. RSVP to Kelsey Evans at or (204) 943-0822 ext. 201 or learn more by visiting

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 Canadian Symposium: Issues and Directions in Home Economics/Family Studies/Human Ecology  Education will be held in Winnipeg February 27 and 28 and March 1 at the Winnipeg Hilton Airport Suites Hotel. Of special note is the Gwen E. Leslie Lecture Friday, February 27 at 7:30 pm entitled "Food for Thought: Can Food Literacy Guide Us Through the Maze of Food Messages?", to be presented by Joyce Slater, Human Nutritional Sciences. She will examine the meaning and importance of “food literacy” as a concept, skill set, health promotion strategy and teaching tool. For more information on attending the lecture, please contact Janice Skene at or 204-376-2649.

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


Rob Duncan, Plant Science, and David Lobb, Soil Science, were recently announced as recipients of the John E. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) through the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The JELF, previously named the Leaders Opportunity Fund, was launched in 2005 to help universities attract and retain top researchers. Robert received $155,777 to develop high oil and high meal protein content canola/rapeseed cultivars. David, along with Philip Owen from the University of Northern British Columbia, received $310,361 to expand and enhance an innovative research and development program in soil erosion and sedimentation. Read more at

Other recent funding announcements by the federal and provincial governments include $443,000 to support soybean research ( and $250,000 in research funding and $969,000 for equipment related to research into canola diseases and pests (

Sunday Malomo, a Ph.D. student with Rotimi Aluko in Human Nutritional Sciences, has received the 2015 American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) Honoured Student Award in recognition of research and academic excellence in Oilseed Protein Chemistry. The award comes with a fully paid trip to the 2015 annual conference in Orlando, FL, May 3-6 where his work on the development of acetylcholinesterase inhibitory peptides from hempseed proteins will be presented. His work will also be featured in an upcoming issue of INFORM magazine, the AOCS trade journal.

Keith Bamford, technician with Martin Entz, Plant Science, presented a lecture on "High yield organic wheat and soybean production" at the Transition to Organic workshop hosted by MAFRD at Ag Days in Brandon on January 22. 

Sean Asselin, Plant Science Ph.D. student co-advised by Doug Cattani and Anita Brûlé-Babel, attended the XXIII Annual Plant  and Animal Genome Conference in San Diego, California January 9-14.

Derek Brewin, Brian Oleson and M.Sc. student Sabrina Reza, all from Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, are attending the 5th Annual Canadian Ag. Economic Society Policy Conference in Ottawa January 22-23. Derek and Sabrina are presenting a poster on Corn Demand and Derek will be chairing a session on Grain Transportation. Posters and presentations will be available at:

Martin Nyachoti and his Ph.D. student Samuel Waititu and visiting student Judith KIbagendi, Animal Science, attended the 2015 Banff Pork Seminar held at the Banff Centre, AB, January 20-22. Samuel made a poster presentation at the seminar entitled “Effects of a nucleotide-rich yeast extract on growth performance of weaner pigs raised in clean and unclean conditions” that was co-authored by Fugui Yin, a Postdoc in Martin’s lab and Rob Patterson who is with Canadian Biosystems Inc. Martin also took part in a networking meeting on January 20 in Banff that was convened by the Swine Innovation Porc and attended by the Lead collaborators from across Canada on the Nursery Pig and Growing-Finishing Pig Nutrition projects funded through the Swine Cluster 2 Program.

Siobhan Maas, program coordinator for the Farm & Food Discovery Centre, along with Diploma student Harley Siemens, provided a morning of egg-citing presentations to 75 grade 7 students at St. Mary’s Academy this week as part of the home economics course. Harley and Siobhan spoke on the topics of laying hen housing and egg production in Manitoba. The students enjoyed cracking open eggs and determining the hen’s diet, breed and age based on the shell colour and thickness, yolk colour and albumen consistency.

Did you know there are a number of Bison athletes in the Faculty? Three of them are Diploma students on the Bison men's hockey team.  Darren Bestland is a defensive veteran, Deven Dubyk is a starting goaltender and forward Aaron Lewadniuk recently scored a natural hat trick Aaron is also 2014-15 Mike Ridley Awards recipient


Malunga, L.N., and Beta, T. 2015. Antioxidant capacity of water-extractable arabinoxylan from commercial barley, wheat, and wheat fractions. Cereal Chemistry 92 (1): 29-36.

Adhikari, P. A., J. M. Heo, and C. M. Nyachoti. 2015. True and standardized total tract phosphorus digestibility in canola meals from Brassica napus black and Brassica juncea yellow fed to growing pigs. Journal of Animal Science 93:209-217.

Velayudhan, D.E., I. H. Kim, and C. M. Nyachoti. 2015. Characterization of dietary energy in swine feed and feed ingredients: A review of recent research results. Asian-Austr. J. Anim. Sci. 28:1-13

Regassa, A., R. Adhikari, C.M. Nyachoti, and W.K. Kim. 2015. Effects of 25-(OH)D3 and P utilization, Ca and P transporter mRNA expression, bone mineralization, and performance in growing female pigs. J. Environ. Sci. Health 50:1-7.

Claudia Narváez-Bravo, Alejandro Echeverry, Markus F. Miller, Argenis Rodas-González, M. Todd Brashears, Mueen Aslam, and Mindy M. Brashears. 2015. Virulence Characterization and Molecular Subtyping of Typical and Atypical Escherichia coli O157:H7 and O157:H(-) Isolated from Fecal Samples and Beef Carcasses in Mexico. Journal of Food Protection, 78(2) 264–272.


Rick Holley, Food Science, has been interviewed by CBC on the positive E. coli tests of Winnipeg water this week. Read more at

Martin Scanlon, Associate Dean (Research), was quoted in a January 3, 2015, article in Maclean's magazine.  The article by Chris Sorensen "Investing in extreme times" examined the effects of extreme climate phenomena on the global economy.  Martin was quoted in a section examining how technology investment needs might be associated with climate driven effects in manufacturing processes. Read it online at

Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, is quoted in the Manitoba Co-operator (Jan 22) in the article "There life in that there dirt".  Mario talks about the importance and diversity of soil micro-organisms, and how we can take care of them. Read it on page 17 at

Martin Entz, Plant Science, is quoted in the article "Funding for forage research" in Grainews (Jan 20). Martin notes that much of the alfalfa research in Canada is now done on systems, such as his work on organic systems. Read it on page 10 at

Brian Oleson, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, is quoted in the article "Building new farm leadership" in Grainews (Jan 20). Brian states that farmers need a stronger voice in the supply chain to balance the commercial system. . Read it on page 22 at

Timi Ojo, Ph.D. student in Soil Science, was featured in the UM Today Celebrating U of M Graduate Students section. Timi's work in soil moisture monitoring, including a collaboration with NASA, are highlighted. Read the article at

Alum and renowned oat breeder Dr. Vernon Burrows was highlighted in the article "Pioneering crop scientist honoured by national museum" on UM Today.  Dr. Burrows (BSA/51, MSc/53) was recently inducted as a member of the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame at the Canada Science and Technology Museum. Read the whole story at

We caught a glimpse of the Dairy Pilot Plant in the recent Cornell Creme video which promotes ice cream/dairy farmer entrepreneurs Lisa and William Dyck. John Thoroski and students process the delicious ice cream made from milk and cream from the Dycks' dairy herd. Watch it at   Global News covered the partnership last year in this story

Congrats to alum Dan Mazier (DipAgric/84) on becoming the new president of Keystone Agricultural Producers.  Dan was a Certificate of Merit winner in 2013. Read more 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

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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