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February 13, 2015


Family Fun Day for Faculty & Friends – Join us at the Farm & Food Discovery Centre for a fun-packed day with your family and friends on Louis Riel Day, Monday, February 16 from 10 am to 3 pm.  Turn cream into butter to spread on the barley bannock that you will cook on a bonfire outside. Wander through the fresh snow in snowshoes too! Warm up inside with some hot chocolate and a game of FFDC bingo. There will be guided tours through the exhibits throughout the day, beginning at 10:30am. Activities are complimentary with admission.  Admission costs and travel directions found on our website at

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, February 17 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 11:30 am.  Vidura Senaratne, M.Sc. student, will be presenting "Dairy Cattle Management in Sri Lanka".  All are welcome to attend.

February 17-20 is Reading Week on the University of Manitoba campus. The annual Info Days, an open house for high school students, runs Wednesday, February 18 and Thursday, February 19 with displays in University Centre and presentations by faculties all over campus. Please offer a warm welcome to any students you might see visiting our Faculty!

The Riddell Faculty Seminar Series presents "Changing Arctic Seas: A Brief Look at Scale, Pattern, Advection and Connection" with Eddy Carmack, Institute of Ocean Sciences, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Sidney, B.C. on Thursday, February 19, 1:00-2:00 p.m., in the Klaus Hochheim Theatre, 5th Floor Wallace Building.

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 sixth seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, February 25 at 3:30 pm in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, 130 Agriculture Building. A.C. (Ale) Costamagna, Entomology, will present “Sustainable Pest Management in Agricultural Landscapes”.  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, March 3 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 11:30 am.  Kolawole Aluko, M.Sc. student with Martin Nyachoti, will be presenting "Effects of egg powder containing anti-F4 antibodies and a combination of chitosan and probiotic on performance and post-weaning diarrhea in ETEC K88+ challenged piglets" to be followed by Umar Rasool, M.Sc. student with Jim House, presenting "Safety and efficacy of hemp products in broiler".  All are welcome to attend.


Rotimi Aluko, Human Nutritional Sciences, was a recipient of funding this week when Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced an investment of $3 million to support a new research cluster led by the Canadian Food Innovators. This investment will help the food and beverage processing industry in developing new processes that enhance quality while managing food safety risks, as well as new products that deliver health and wellness attributes marketed to health-conscious consumers. The research activities will focus on eggs, meat, fruits, vegetables and cereals.

Recently funding was announced through the FCC AgSafety Fund for tractor safety training at the University of Manitoba. The School of Agriculture received program support to enable Diploma students and farm workers at the University of Manitoba to receive hands-on, practical training in machinery operation. Training will also be provided for agricultural producers who will provide feedback for future safety workshop development and delivery. The grant is administered through a partnership between Farm Credit Canada and the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association. Read more at

This week, second year diploma students attended a presentation entitled “The Relevance of Treaties to the Agricultural Community” by Jamie Wilson, Treaty Commissioner and Ovide Mercredi, senior advisor to President Barnard, along with moderator and alumnus EJ Fontaine. The students learned about the history of treaties in Canada and some of the agricultural themes that run through it.

Kristine Blair, Animal Science M.Sc. student, was named as one of two recipients of the The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) for 2014 at the Manitoba Beef Producers annual meeting last week.

Argenis Rodas-González, Animal Science, is participating in the Scientific Committee of National Farm Animal Care Council for updating the code of practice for veal production.

Rob Duncan, Plant Science, is in Saskatoon attending the Canola Council of Canada CanoLab.  Rob’s presentation is entitled "Breeders’ Cup", which focuses on giving the agriculture industry and farmers an idea of the canola breeding process and what goes into producing a new hybrid.

Martin Entz, Plant Science, presented at Beausejour Ag Days on "How to make your farm more ecological without losing your shirt".

In case you were planning to write a rap, Michael Eskin from Human Nutritional Sciences has provided a how-to on the AOCS Lipid Library website. Links to Michael's Lipids Rap can be found in the article.

Braden Calvert, diploma student, skipped his Manitoba team to the gold medal at the Canadian Juniors men's championship on February 1. The team now advances to the 2015 World Junior Championships beginning February 28 in Tallinn, Estonia. Braden won gold last year at the Canadian finals, and is now only the fourth skip to accomplish such a feat. Good luck Braden!

Breanne Meakin, Human Nutritional Sciences student, skipped Team Canada to a silver medal at the 2015 Winter Universiade this morning. They played Team Russia, skipped by Anna Sidorova who was the Ford World Curling Championship bronze medallist and with her tream represented Russia at the recent Winter Olympics. Congrats Breanne and Team Canada on a great game!


Shao, Y., Xu, F., Chen, Y., Huang, Y., Bao, J., and Beta, T. 2015. Analysis of genotype, environment and their interaction effects on the phytochemicals and antioxidant capacities of red rice (Oryza sativa L.). Cereal Chemistry (in press)

Slater, J, Hinds, A. University student perceptions of home economics-food and nutrition education. 2014. International Journal of Home Economics, 7(2):68-80.

Chiyoka, W. L., Zvomuya, F., and Hao, X. 2014. A bioassay of nitrogen availability in soils amended with solid digestate from anaerobically digested beef cattle feedlot manure. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. doi:10.2136/sssaj2013.01.0030.

Liu, K., Elliott, J.A., Lobb, D.A., Flaten, D.N. and Yarotski, J. 2014. Nutrient and sediment losses in snowmelt runoff from perennial forage and annual cropland in the Canadian prairies. Journal of Environmental Quality 43: 1644‐1655.

Liu, K., Elliott, J.A., Lobb, D.A., Flaten, D.N and Yarotski, J. 2014. Conversion of conservation tillage to rotational tillage to reduce phosphorus losses during snowmelt runoff in the Canadian prairies. Journal of Environmental Quality 43: 1679-1689.


Michael Eskin, Human Nutritional Sciences, was interviewed by CTV about sugar in snacks. Watch it at

Research by Yvonne Lawley, Rob Gulden and Mario Tenuta was cited in the article "Soybeans — it might be OK to go easy on the inoculant" in the Manitoba Co-operator (February 12). Read more on page 17 at

Joyce Slater, Human Nutritional Sciences, was interviewed by Nick Martin about youth fast food consumption as part of the Winnipeg Free Press article on the recently released Manitoba Youth Health Survey:

Peter Jones and Dylan MacKay, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutracueticals, was interviewed on CTV about research that examines how to tailor diets with an individual's DNA. Watch it at

Martin Entz, Plant Science, was quoted in the article "Will it be chess or checkers?" in the Manitoba Co-operator (January 29), which highlights Martin's recent Faculty seminar presentation on sustainable food systems. Read it on page 17 at

Don Flaten and graduate student Gustavo Bardella, Soil Science, were quoted in the article "Soybeans can handle more phosphorus than suspected" in the Western Producer. Read it at

Fouad Daayf, Plant Science, together with Holly Derksen, MAFRD and Lana Reid, AAFC Ottawa, were interviewed by Top Crop Manager about Goss’s Wilt, an important disease of corn.

Emma McGeough, Animal Science, was interviewed about her study on the evolution of cattle forage. Read more at

Paul Bullock, Soil Science, was quoted in a CBC article on the NASA launch of the SMAP (soil moisture active passive) mission. Paul noted that soil moisture and temperature maps can be combined to create maps showing high-risk areas for certain crops. Read the whole article at

Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was interviewed by RealAgriculture about a corn agronomy presentation coming up at next week's Crop Connect Conference. Listen to it at

Rick Holley, Food Science, was quoted by CBC on the contaminated water scare in Winnipeg a couple of weeks ago. Watch and read more at

Researchers from the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals are featured in the Winter Issue of ResearchLIFE talking about their ground breaking working into bioactives. Read it at


2015 Faculty Endowment Fund Competition - The Endowment Fund Committee of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences is once again soliciting proposals for funding from academic and support staff, students, and alumni of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. The deadline for applications is 12 noon, Friday, March 6, 2015. NO LATE APPLICATIONS CONSIDERED! Funding is available for a wide variety of worthy projects and programs consistent with the academic goals of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. The Endowment Fund has over $1.3 million donated to date from students, academic and support staff, alumni and the private sector, from which interest of approximately $150,000 is available this year to fund proposals. Visit the Endowment Fund site at to read about projects which may qualify, past projects funded and to download an application form. If you have any questions, please contact Martin Scanlon at 474-6082.

Lights, Camera, Science Action! - NSERC is inviting you to submit a 60-second video showcasing science and engineering on our campus for a chance to win one of 15 cash prizes of $3,000. Read more: Contest closes: February 27, 2015 at 5 p.m. (EST).

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