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December 3, 2015


Saturday, December 5 is World Soil Day, designated by the United Nations to celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to the human commonwealth. Follow along on Twitter at #WorldSoilDay.

Food Science Thesis Defence - Lindsey Boyd is defending her M.Sc. thesis “Effect of heat treatments on the safety and nutritional properties of whole grain barley” on Monday, December 7 at 9:00 am in the RCFFN Lecture Theatre.

The fourth seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series for 2015-2016 will be held on Wednesday, December 9 at 3:30 pm in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, 130 Agriculture Building. Dr. Kateryn Rochon, Department of Entomology, will present “The new neighbours suck! Changes in tick distribution in Manitoba and beyond”.  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Food Science Thesis Defence - Lan Shi is defending his M.Sc. thesis “A Quantitative Assessment of the Anti-Nutritional Properties of Canadian Pulses” on Monday, December 14 at 10:00 am in 245 Ellis.

Food Science Thesis Defence - Kun Wang is defending his Ph.D. thesis “Evaluation of Protein-Flavour Binding on Flavour Delivery and Protein Thermal Gelation Properties in regards to Canola, Pea and Wheat Proteins” on Tuesday, December 15 at 9:00 am in 245 Ellis.

Human Nutritional Sciences Thesis Defence - Colleen Rogers  is defending her M.Sc. thesis ” Calcium and Vitamin D Nutrition during Pregnancy: A Survey of Family Physicians and a Chart Review of Pregnant Women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus” on Tuesday, December 15 at 2:00 pm in 200D Human Ecology.

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 & 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 – some spaces still available. 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.

Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers invite you to the International Year of Pulses - Manitoba Launch on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 from Noon - 1 pm at McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Avenue. Sample delicious foods made from high-fibre, high-protein pulses including beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils. Learn why the United Nations sees pulses as key in eradicating hunger world-wide and addressing chronic health conditions including heart disease, obesity and diabetes. RSVP to

The 6th Annual Canadian Agri-food Policy Conference  of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society (CAES) will take place in Ottawa January 20-22, 2016. This conference is the premier national policy outlook for the agri-food sector. The theme of this year's conference is "In the Midst of Change: Challenges Ahead for the Canadian Agri-food Sector."  The current President of CAES is Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics. 

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


Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, Ph.D. student in Human Nutritional Sciences, is one of four University of Manitoba recipients of the Vanier Scholarship,. These awards, considered the Canadian equivalent of the United Kingdom’s Rhodes Scholarships, help recruit and keep in Canada top doctoral students from across the country and around the world. Each recipient will receive $150,000 over three years towards his or her research. Read more about Ifeanyi and his field of study at

Digvir Jayas, Biosystems Engineering and Vice-President (Research and International) made two presentations in India recently.  He presented "Preserving cereals, oilseeds and pulses" at the second meeting of the Indian Grain Storage Working Group (IGSWG), Indian Council of Agricultural research, in New Delhi, India on November 21. He also presented "Preserving grains for feeding the growing global population: a policy perspective" at the 5th Global Economic Summit on the theme Enabling Food for All at the World Trade Centre, Mumbai, India on November 20.

Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, participated in the AAFC-MAFRD Growing Forward consultation this week with Associate Dean Research, Martin Scanlon.

The NCLE Current Research Feature highlights Don Flaten, Soil Science and the role technical innovations and preparedness play in addressing climate change. Read more at

Monica Cyr, HNS Master’s student, presented a poster titled “The meaning of bannock in Winnipeg’s North End” at the Indigenous Health Symposium on November 24 in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The Future of Agricultural Trade is the program topic for the Jan. 6-8, 2016, Round Table meeting in Tucson, AZ.  Brian Oleson, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, will attend and chair one a major session on NAFTA  that will include former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Clayton Yeutter and former Canadian chief agriculture negotiator Mike Gifford.


Thiessen Martens, J.R., Entz, M.H., Wonneck, M.D. 2015.  Review: Redesigning Canadian prairie cropping systems for profitability, sustainability, and resilience. Can J Plant Sci. 95:1049-1072.

Masisi, K.,  Beta, T. and Moghadasian, M.H. 2016. Antioxidant properties of diverse cereal grains: A review on in vitro and in vivo studies.  Food Chemistry 196:90-97.

Gupta, S.C., Kessler, A.C., Brown, M.K., Zvomuya, F. 2015. Climate and agricultural land use change impacts on streamflow in the upper midwestern United States. Water Resources Research 51: 5301-5317.


“Community cookin’ in the kitchen”:  The “Community Tables” nutrition program, which builds capacity in North End agencies to serve healthy food, was featured in the Winnipeg Free Press on November 23.  The project is a joint initiative between Human Nutritional Sciences (Joyce Slater) and Food Matters Manitoba, and is facilitated by HNS Master’s student Monica Cyr

”Program aims to help Canadian newcomers navigate the grocery store”:  A Newcomer Nutrition Program for refugee-path immigrants in the North End, developed and facilitated by HNS Master’s Student Amy Goulet as part of her thesis (supervisor Joyce Slater) was featured on CBC Radio November 3 -

“Teaching nutrition, developing civic awareness”: The Kent Road School Food Club, facilitated by three HNS students (Laura Pelser, Christina Fillion and Darren Fife) as part of their HNSC 4362 Practicum course (supervisor Joyce Slater) was featured in UM Today on November 18 -

Joyce Slater, Human Nutritional Sciences, was quoted in the CBC News story "Winnipeg Harvest needs $100K for baby formula" - read more at

Rob Duncan, Plant Science, and several of his students were quoted in the article "Training the next generation of plant breeders" in Grainews (December 1).  Read it on page 12 at

Elnaz Azad, Ph.D. student in Animal Science, wrote the article "Rumen microbes and bloat in cattle" in Canadian Cattlemen (November 24). Read it at


Horse Production and Management is a non-credit course offered by the Department of Animal Science at the University of Manitoba. It can also be taken as a credit towards the Diploma in Agriculture.  This series of lectures deals with the principles of horse production and management, including anatomy and physiology, genetics, selection and breeding, reproductive management, nutrition, stable and pasture management, health and welfare, and equine behaviour. Guest speakers and a farm tour are included. The course runs Monday evenings from January 11 to March 21 and the fee is $189. Space is limited so register early! Visit

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 Manitoba Soil Science Society (MSSS) meets annually for a two-day conference to discuss topics pertaining to all aspects of soil science. The focus of the 2016 AGM, scheduled for February 4-5, is “Soil Health: To Measure is to Know”, but submissions on other topics in soil science will also be considered. Both oral and poster presentations are welcome. Graduate student presentations are judged with awards for the best oral and poster presentations. Please indicate if you are a graduate student when you submit your title. Abstracts are to include the Title, Authors, Author Affiliations and Abstract Text of less than 300 words. (Attention Graduate Students: You must put an asterisk after your name on the abstract to be considered for an award). Please submit the above information including your abstract as a .doc or .docx file by December 18, 2015 to, Fax: 204-474-7642 (Attention: MSSS), Mail: MSSS, c/o Department of Soil Science, 362 Ellis Bldg, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2.

Please be advised of the upcoming Reverse Osmosis water shutdown for Fort Garry Campus. Shut Down - Friday, December 11th, 2015 at 8:00 AM until Start Up - Friday, December 18, 2015 at 8:00 AM This shutdown will affect only Reverse Osmosis water systems used primarily in labs. This will not affect the supply of domestic hot and cold water to buildings. RO water will not be provided during the sanitation period and therefore, storage of treated water is highly recommended. Questions and concerns regarding this shutdown can be directed to Bruce Alexander at 474-6690.

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