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November 23, 2015


A Special Meeting for Small Farms and Producers will be held on Tuesday, November 24, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the St. Norbert Community Centre, 3450 Pembina Hwy. In January of 2015, a report was released entitled “Advancing the Small Scale, Local Food Sector in Manitoba: A Path Forward” ( This report was a result of the efforts of a small scale food working group aimed at recommending ways to build and strengthen the small scale food and processing sector in Manitoba. The focus of this event is to further develop a recommendation that came out of the above noted report to facilitate a process to allow small scale producers to organize themselves. Please join us if you identify yourself as a small scale food producer, based out of or with operations in Manitoba, or consider yourself to be part of the small scale food production value chain. Seating is limited. Registration will be accepted first-come-first served, but producers will be given priority.  There is no charge for this event but you must register. Please contact Tanis at or 204-281-2199.

An Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, November 24 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 10:00 am.  Deborah Adewole, Ph.D. student with Bogdan Slominski will be giving a presentation on the "Effect of processing conditions on the chemical composition and nutritive value of canola meal for poultry". All are welcome to attend.

Mark your calendars for the first broadcast of the complete 4 part documentary series “Built On Agriculture” on Prairie Public Television on Tuesday, November 24 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This production was done as a legacy project of the Bicentennial of the arrival of the Selkirk Settlers in in Red River 1812.

FASO is once again joining the Movember movement in support of Prostate Cancer research. In addition to a mustache judging competition and BBQ on Wednesday, November 25 from 11:30 am to 1 pm, they will be doing the annual Head Shave n' Shine.  They have some student volunteers lined up to shave their head/cut their hair but would LOVE to see some staff volunteers as well! You can set a price at which you would be willing to participate and we will see if students/staff can reach that! All proceeds go to Prostate Cancer research. To participate contact Carlene at And of course, if you are just wanting to donate and have some lunch (and watch the fun), you can drop by the Agriculture Atrium that day to do so!

A Soil Science Seminar will be held Wednesday, November 25, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Room 346 Ellis Building. Wole Akinremi, Soil Science, will present "My Research Field: What I have done and what I will still like to do".

The Centre on Aging is holding a research seminar presented by Danny Mann, Biosystems Engineering, entitled "Designing agricultural machines for aging farmers" on Thursday, November 26 at 2:30 pm in 409 Tier Building. This presentation will discuss factors that must be considered by the engineer when designing modern agricultural machines that will be operated by aging farmers. The engineer must be aware of the challenges associated with the introduction of new technologies, and the increased demands that these technologies may impose on the operator. The seminar will include examples from research completed in the Agricultural Ergonomics Laboratory over the past 15 years.

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, November 26 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm. Xuehua Zhang, Ph.D. student in Plant Science, will be presenting "Identifying Blackleg Resistance in Brassica napus and Host Response in Brassica napus-Leptosphaeria maculans Pathosystem".  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

In case you didn't know, the 103rd Grey Cup will be held in Winnipeg on Sunday, November 29, at Investors’ Group Field. Parking restrictions will be in place as per usual. Game time is 5 pm but there will be lots of pre-game activity so stay tuned for more details.

A Soil Science M.Sc. Thesis Defense will take place Monday, November 30 at 2:00 pm in Room 346 Ellis Building. Theresa Adesanya will present “Physical and Chemical Properties of an Orthic Black Chernozem After 5 Years of Liquid and Solid Pig Manure Application”.

A Soil Science Seminar will be held Wednesday, December 2, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Room 346 Ellis Building. Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, will present (topic TBA).

The Transport Institute's 20th annual Fields on Wheels conference is scheduled for Wednesday, December 2 at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel. Where will the Western Canadian grain supply chain be 20 years from now? How will shippers cope with moving the volume of export crops through the Canadian supply chain? Join us to participate in this important discussion. Registration fee is $350 plus GST - register online at

Agriculture in the Classroom Manitoba is hosting a Real Dirt on Farming Workshop on Tuesday, December 15 at Richardson's Kelburn Farm from 10 am to 4 pm. This workshop is designed to encourage those involved in agriculture to tell their stories -what they do and why they do it- to non-farming audiences like school groups, service clubs, municipal councils and more. Cost: $50 (includes lunch, resource materials and USB with presentation). Space is limited to first 25 participants. Register at

The 2015 Manitoba Agronomists Conference themed "Agronomists & Big Data: Harnessing the Potential" will be held Wednesday, December 16 and Thursday, December 17 in Room 172 Agriculture Building and via webcast. The cost is $215.  Register by December 6 to take advantage of the early bird rate of $175.  Registration closes December 12.  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 MAC Coordinator, Rachel Sydor at or 204-474-8473.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Dean's Office Annual Holiday Celebration on Thursday, December 17 in Room 252 Agriculture Building from 2:00 - 4:30 pm.

Registration is now open for AIC 2016 Disseminating Agricultural Research: Bridging the gap between idea and adoption taking place April 13-14, 2016 in Ottawa. AIC 2016 will tackle the next big challenge in agricultural research – how to bring research to those who need it most – producers, farmers, industry and consumers. To learn more and to register, visit


Two Faculty members were recognized by the University of Manitoba for their outstanding community involvement last week at a special reception. Annemieke Farenhorst, Soil Science, received the Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Campbell Award for meritorious service in outreach activities for her tireless efforts in encouraging and empowering women to enter careers in the sciences and engineering and her work on the NSERC CREATE H20 program. Jim House, Human Nutritional Sciences, received a University of Manitoba Outreach Award for his role as chair of the local organizing committee of the 2015 annual meeting of the Canadian Nutrition Society, held in Winnipeg in May 2015. Read more about their accomplishment at

The Murphy Foundation Incorporated, a longtime supporter of the University of Manitoba, and a pillar of the province’s philanthropic community, has made a transformational gift of $2 million to the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences for the support of annual graduate students awards and an Indigenous Mentorship and Experiential Education program. Read more at

Dr. Ronald Marquardt, professor emeritus from the Department of Animal Science presented an invited keynote lecture entitled "Mycotoxins in Feed and Animal Products" at the First World Conference on Innovative Animal Nutrition and Feeding held in Budapest Hungary from October 15 to. In April 2015 an invited  lecture  entitled "Research on Specific IgY Imunoglobulins for Application in Antibiotic-Free  Feed" was presented on behalf of Ron by Terence Sellen, Zyme Fast Inc, at the China Feed Industry Association Exposition held in Nanjing China, April 21-25. Dr Marquardt's research, many years after retirement, is still being highly quoted  according to Research Gate (RG). His RG score is 41.57 which is higher than 97.5 % of all of  RG's more than five million members. Ron is still the most quoted researchers in the Department of Animal Science. RG score takes all research published, especially its impact, and turns it into a source of reputation. Research Gate users are particularly involved in medical and biological research. RG is funded in part by Microsoft's founder, Bill Gates.

Karin Wittenberg, Dean, attended the Forum on Canada’s Agri-Food Future, hosted by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) and Canada 2020 in Ottawa, ON, November 3-4. Leaders from across the Food Supply Chain, internationally recognized policy experts and others spoke of the opportunity and risk associated should Canada set its` sights on a future as the world’s most trusted food system.

Karin was also recently an invited speaker at the Canadian Climate Forum’s Symposium 2015 on "Food Security in a Changing Climate" held November 12-13 in Ottawa, ON. Karin presented “Canadian Agriculture: Tools for a resilient and sustainable future”.

Tran Nguyen, Ph.D. student in Plant Science, has been award a Sir Gordon Wu Graduate Student Scholarship, a $40,000 renewable scholarship for graduate students who have demonstrated intellectual ability and academic accomplishments.

Kabo Masisi, Ph.D. candidate in Food Science, was recently awarded a BMO Financial Group Research Scholarships for Excellence of $15,000.

The Department of Food Science welcomes Dr. Chunyang Li who joined Trust Beta’s research program November 2015 for one year. Dr. Li is a visiting scholar from the Institute of Agro-food Science and Technology, Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences (JAAS), Jiangsu Province, China where he is heading the Department of Functional Food and Bio-active Compounds.

Martin Nyachoti and Bogdan Slominski, Animal Science, were in Sherbrooke, QC, where they presented on canola meal utilization in poultry and swine in a joint AAFC-China Canola meal utilization workshop.

Martin Nyachoti , Animal Science, was invited to spend first two weeks in November at Dankook University (where he spent part of his sabbatical) in South Korea to continue with collaboration with Prof. In Ho Kim and to interact with and mentor grad students under a program called Brain Korea. Martin gave two talks to grad students and industry personnel: “Overview of commercial pork production in Canada” and “Phytic acid effects on digestive physiology of pigs”.

Kees Plaizier, Animal Science, attended an editors’ meeting of CSP journals in Ottawa November 6 and participated in an NSERC site visit at McGill University on November 9.

Emma McGeough, Animal Science, and graduate student Brittainy Hewitt travelled to Saskatoon this week to participate in the Canadian Forage and Grassland meeting where Emma was making a presentation.

From the Department of Entomology, Kateryn Rochon, Alejandro Costamagna, Barb Sharanowski, along with Leanne Peixoto, Anamaria Dal Molin and 10 students (Aldo Rios, Arash Kheirodin, Ishan Samaranayake, Megan Colwell, Miles Zhang, Patrick Piekarski, Thais Guimaraes, Zach Polk and Amber Bass) attended the joint meeting of the Entomological Society of America.  The Entomological Society of America co-located their Annual Meeting with the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America in Minneapolis, MN, November 15-18.

The Entomological Society of Canada meeting was in Montreal November 8-11 and attended by Neil Holliday, Pat Mackay, Alejandro Costamagna, several adjuncts in the Department of Entomology and graduate students Megan Colwell, Miles Zhang, Tharshi Nagalingam and Cole Robson-Hyska. At that meeting, Barb Sharanowski’s student Udari Rajakaruna won the Bordan Biocontrol Scholarship and Miles Zhang won the Keith Kevan Scholarship in Systematics. Rob Currie’s student Cole Robson-Hyska won the President’s prize for best paper in the pollinators section.

The Entomological Society of Manitoba meeting was October 23-24 and attended by the entire department. Rob Currie’s student Megan Colwell won runner-up in the student paper competition.

Rob Currie, Entomology, attended the inaugural meeting of the Protecting the Pollinators/Pollinator Friendly City Committee, which aims to deliver tools for land managers to contribute to the protection of pollinator communities in Winnipeg.  The committee consists of landscape managers form the Manitoba Legislature, MLCC, Living Prairie, Assiniboine Park, and Ian Hall from the University of Manitoba.

Wole Akinremi, Soil Science, is the new Western Councillor for the Canadian Society of Soil Science, starting January 1, 2016.

The latest Faculty Seminar is now posted online - watch Annemieke Farenhorst's presentation on "What's in the water? Have a closer look at pesticides, bacteria and genes" -


Chen, Z., Yu, L., Wang, X., Gu, Z., and Beta, T. 2016. Changes of phenolic profiles and antioxidant activity in canaryseed (Phalaris canariensis L.) during germination. Food Chemistry 194:608–618.

Nagalingam, T., Holliday, N.J. 2015. Plant bugs (Hemiptera: Miridae) on field beans and soybeans in Manitoba, Canada: species composition and seasonal occurrence. Canadian Entomologist 147: 766–775.

Madani, M., Tenuta, M., Chizhov, V.N., Subbotin, S.A. 2015. Diagnostics of stem and bulb nematodes, Ditylenchus weischeri and D. dipsaci (Nematoda: Anguinidae), using PCR with species-specific primers. Can. J. Plant Pathology 37: 212-220.


Annemieke Farenhorst, Soil Science, was in the media following her seminar presentation on water. Read more at and

Rick Holley, Food Science, was interviewed by Farmscape - read the transcripts at and

Jared Carlberg, Associate Dean (Academic) and Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was quoted in "Functional foods could help fight diseases" in the Portage Daily Graphic -

Michele Rogalsky and Garrett Sawatzky, School of Agriculture were quoted the Western Producer article "Workplace safety in the spotlight" -

Crystal Jorgenson, Dean's Office, was quoted in Country Guide article "Agriculture classes on university campuses continue to grow" -

Faculty alumnus Mark Pawluk (BScAgrbus/99) and his wife Cori are Manitoba's Outstanding Young Farmers for 2015, and are featured in the Grainews article "Manitoba OYFs: Mark and Cori Pawluk" . Read it at

Diploma alumnus Jonathan Bouw (DipAgric/05) was featured in the Country Guide article "The new way into farming" -


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 January 15, 2016. 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

Call for Papers - The 2016 Soils and Crops conference, coordinated by the Prairie Certified Crop Advisor Board, University of Saskatchewan, will take place in Saskatoon March 15-16 and they are calling for papers. The annual Soils and Crops Workshop is a two-day event offering updates on current research being conducted in the areas of soils, crops and economics by researchers, faculty and graduate students from across western Canada.  The second day offers a workshop based on invited presentations designed to provide in-depth training on a variety of topics emphasizing agronomy. The deadline for title submission is December 18 - visit As before, there are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for both oral ($500, 300, 200) and poster ($300, 200, 100) presentations.  Also, students who wish to present their research orally are encouraged to apply for the Travel Award, which will cover their trip expenses (e.g., airfare, accommodations, meals, along with transportation to/from the airport and conference, etc. up to $1000).  Send in your CV and an abstract (< 350 words) to Ryan Hangs at outlining the research they will be presenting; however, only students presenting their research orally will be considered for the travel award.

Asbestos Abatement Project – Animal Science-Agriculture Tunnel. Please be advised that a scheduled Asbestos Abatement Project will take place in Animal Science Corridor 020 & Corridor 030 West End of Agriculture Tunnel. The Tunnel will be closed off starting at Agriculture Lecture Block to Animal Science 020 Stairwell. During the scheduled removal project access to the above areas will be prohibited.  The work will begin Monday November 23 at 5 pm until Thursday November 26 at 8 am.

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