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June 5, 2015


Beginning Monday, June 8, the FIFA Women’s World Cup will be hosted at Investors Group Field. Staff will not be required to move their vehicles prior to 4:30 pm on FIFA event days. However after 4:30 on FIFA event days the full Event Day Parking Plan will go in to effect. Communication regarding FIFA event parking has been given to student parkers when permits were purchased. If students permit holders have questions please contact Parking Services. For visitors, casual paid parking in U lot and SD lot will be closed for FIFA event days. All other casual paid parking options will be available prior to 4:30 pm on FIFA event days. After 4:30 pm on FIFA event days, casual paid parking options will be available as per the regular Event Day Parking Plan. Full details:

Human Nutritional Sciences Ph.D. Oral Examination - John Onuh, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, will defend his thesis entitled “Antihypertensive and Antioxidant Properties of Chicken Skin Protein Hydrolysates: In Vitro, In Vivo, and Metabolomics Studies” on Thursday, June 11 at 11:00 am in 339A University Centre. Faculty, students, staff and general public are welcome to attend.

Animal Science Ph.D. Oral Examination - Lindsei Sarna, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Animal Science, will defend her thesis entitled “Regulation of Oxidative Stress and its Modulation by Natural Health Products” on Monday, June 15 at 9:00 am in the Samuel N. Cohen Auditorium, 351 Tache Avenue, St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre. Faculty, students, staff and general public are welcome to attend.

The Canadian Land Reclamation Association/ Association Canadienne de Réhabilitation des Sites Dégradés (CLRA/ACRSD) and Manitoba Soil Science Society (MSSS) invite you to the 2015 CLRA/MSSS Joint Conference June 15-18 at the Radisson Winnipeg Downtown. Join them to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of CLRA/ACRSD and the International Year of Soils. Full details at

The 2015 Manitoba Crop Diagnostic School will be held July 7-9 and July 14-16 at the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm near Carman.  The Crop Diagnostic School is designed to refine the diagnostic skills of agronomists and producers involved in field scouting and assessing crop health. Staff and Student Day will be July 7 and will only cost participants $35. This is a nominal fee compared to the regular rate of $175. Contact to reserve your spot for July 7. For more information visit

The Glenlea Long-Term Study Field Day will be held Wednesday, July 8, at the Glenlea Research Station at 1:30 pm. The focus of the day is “Designing productive farming systems that require fewer fertilizer and herbicides”. Topics include lessons from the 24-year-old Glenlea crop rotation study including alternative weed and soil fertility management practices, direct seeding wheat using mulches instead of glyphosate, inter-row tillage for small grain production, making nutrient-rich compost from farm and urban waste, soil health measurements, and oat variety development for organic and ecological production. Visit for all tour details.

The Ecological and Organic Farming Systems Twilight Tour will take place Wednesday, July 15 at the Ian N. Morrison Resarch Farm in Carman, MB.  At 5:30 pm there will be a free BBQ and meet and greet and then 6:30-8:30 pm is the tour. Topics include new organic seed quality research, organic soybean variety test, organic food grade corn production (a first in Manitoba!), evaluation of farmer-selected wheat and oat varieties - see how farmer-bred varieties compare to popular wheat and oat check varieties, and tools and ideas on how to conduct inter-row tillage for weed control in small grain production. Visit for all tour details.


The Faculty has learned of the passing of Dr. Arthur Wood on May 18, 2015. Dr. Wood was a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Manitoba from 1956 to 1984, and served as Department Head from 1971-1977. His contributions to the field of agricultural marketing were recognized with induction into the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt. His obituary can be found at|DESC,last_name|ASC/.

Digvir Jayas, Biosystems Engineering and Vice-President (Research and International), was named President of Engineers Canada, the national organization of the 12 engineering regulators that license the country's 280,000 members of the profession.

Abolfazl Hajihassani, Ph.D. student in Soil Science, was awarded the 2015 Canadian Phytopathological Society Graduate Student Scholarship.

Timi Ojo, Ph.D. student in Soil Science, was the recipient of the Professor Bill Stolte best student paper and oral presentation at the 68th National Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) Conference held June 2-4. The award comes with a certificate and $500.

Argenis Rodas-González, Animal Science, will attend American Meat Science Association 68th Reciprocal Meat Conference Lincoln, Nebraska June 14-17.  He will present two posters on "Benchmarking Venezuelan grade standards of grass-fed Brahman-influenced bulls, heifers and cows in carcass performance and beef palatability" and "Effects of novel nitrite packaging film on the microbiological flora of bison strip-loin steaks".

Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, presented “The Effects of Aid Agency Independence on Aid Allocation Decision” at the Canadian Economics Association annual meeting on May 29 in Toronto.

The Canadian Agricultural Economics Society (CAES) annual meeting is coming up on June 28-30 in Newport, RI, and will be a joint meeting with the Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association. Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics  and incoming CAES president, will give the presidential address on “Competition in Canada’s Agricultural Supply Chain”.  As well four papers related to the department will be presented: “Biotechnology and Regulations: An Economic Assessment of the Issues in the Canola Sector” Derek Brewin (Univ. of Manitoba) and Stavroula Malla (Univ. of Lethbridge); “Optimal Rotations using Corn in Southern Manitoba” Hazel Sakulanda (M.Sc. grad student) and Derek Brewin; “Measuring Economic Welfare and Quota Value under Stabilization: A Risk - Response Analysis” Tyler Ritchie (M.Sc. grad student) and Derek Brewin; and “Implicit Prices of Habitat Conservation Easements” Chad Lawley (Univ. of Manitoba) and Charles Towe (Univ. of Connecticut).

At the recent Canadian Nutrition Society annual conference held in Winnipeg May 28-30, the following presentations were made: 

Kerry Spence, Master’s student in Human Nutritional Sciences, presented a poster titled “A Mixed Method Case Study Evaluation of a Community-based Food literacy Program: Community Tables” at the Canadian Nutrition Society conference in Winnipeg. 

Monica Cyr, recent B.Sc. (HNS) graduate, presented the poster “Urban Indigenous Food Identities: Exploring the Meaning of Bannock in Winnipeg’s North End”. 

Joyce Slater, Human Nutritional Sciences, gave the presentation: “Our Food Our Health Our Culture: Revitalizing Indigenous Food Traditions in an Urban Context” as part of a panel on “Approaches in Community Nutrition and Indigenous Health Research” featuring researchers from across Canada.

Trust Beta, Food Science, presented an invited talk on “‘Purple Phenolics’ from Cereal Grains: Their Potential in Health Promotion”.

Kabo Masisi, Ph.D. candidate in Food Science, presented a poster on “Antioxidant Properties and Anti-Atherogenic Effects of Corn Fractions in LDL Receptor Knockout Mice”.

Colin Penner, School of Agriculture, will need your help to escape from a mystery island this fall. He is taking part in the annual Rescue on the Island fundraiser for STARS air ambulance on September 15. Read more at


Malla, S. and D.G. Brewin. (2015). The value of a new biotechnology considering R&D investment and regulatory issues. AgBioForum, Vol. 18(1), pg. 6-25.


The research of Chad Lawley and Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was featured in The Globe and Mail (May 26) in the article “Trade deal may end Canada’s obsolete supply management policies”. Read it at our research was discussed in The Globe and Mail on Tuesday May 26.

Rick Holley, Food Science, was quoted in the Western Producer (May 28) article “Meat council calls for unified inspection, safety rules”. Read it on page 65 at

The Faculty received some profile recently on the UM Today news blog.  “Soil, surely it isn’t dirt” is a chat with Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, as part of the 2015 International Year of Soil celebration - “A new view of insect beauty” features photography courtesy of Jordan Bannerman, Entomology -  The story received further coverage from CBC at

Kris Dick, Biosystems Engineering, was interviewed in the article “The Alternative Village” in Canadian Consulting Engineer (May 2015). Read it at


Alum JoAnne Buth (MSc/83) will receive the University of Winnipeg Distinguished Alumni Award next week. JoAnne completed her undergraduate degree at the U of W and then went on to complete her Masters in Entomology at the U of M. JoAnne’s career has taken her from the Canola Council of Canada to the Senate to her current position as CEO at Cigi.

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