the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences staff newsletter
Science Seminar Series - Dave McAndrew, Morden Research Centre
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, will present "Crop management
challenges for southern Manitoba" on Thursday, February 12
at 3:30 pm in Room 130 Agriculture Building. Coffee and donuts will
be served at 3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Foods and Nutraceuticals Research Update - Anyone with an interest
in functional foods and nutraceuticals is invited to attend "Natural
Health Products and Functional Foods Research Opportunities"
hosted by the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals
on Monday, February 16 from 8 am - 5 pm in the Carolyn Sifton
Lecture Theatre, Room 130 Agriculture Building. This workshop will highlight
research activities in the area if functional foods and nutraceuticals
to be given by 18 University of Manitoba scientists.
February 16-20, is Reading Week, the University's spring
break. University students may be scarce but there will be lots of young
people on campus! On Tuesday, February 17 and Wednesday, February
18, high school students from around Manitoba will attend Information
Days. The Faculty's student ambassadors will staff a booth in the
Manitoba Room in University Centre and will give presentations and tours
in the Agriculture Building on both days. If you see a student looking
lost, be sure to help them out with directions!
- Roll up your sleeve and sign up for the Aggie Blood Bath on Monday,
February 23 and Tuesday, February 24 from 11:30 -3:30 both
days in University Centre. Call 1-800-2-DONATE, sign the sign-up sheet
in atrium or talk to Sharlene or Scott in FASO at 474-6763. Canadian
Blood Services will contact you to make an appointment. Everyone should
be signed up by February 16.
2004, the 13th annual conference hosted by the Canadian Wheat Board,
will be held February 22 - 24 at the Fairmont Hotel, Winnipeg.
The conference will highlight the latest in market developments and
in-depth outlooks for grains, oilseeds, special crops and red meats.
Panel discussions will look at the topics of world hunger and also the
current state and future prospects of the Chinese agricultural economy
and rural development. Ed Tyrchniewicz, adjunct prof in Agribusiness
and Agricultural Economics, will be moderating the panel "China:
The once and future market". More detailed information about the
conference can be found
seminars open to all - The second year diploma class will be hosting
the following guest speakers as part of their Management Planning Project
II course. All are welcome to sit in. The sessions are held Wednesdays
at 2:30 pm in JRI Auditorium, Room 172 in the Agriculture Building.
25: Mike Lesiuk, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives,
will be speaking about the Agricultural Policy Framework.
3: Jon Thiessen, MCC, will be speaking about his work with
Central Committee. Then at 3:30 pm, Dan Wiens, CFGB, will give a presentation
on the Canadian Food Grains Bank.
February 25 in the Carolyn Sifton lecture theatre at 3:30 pm (coffee
and donuts at 3 pm), Funing Zhong, a PhD and MSc graduate in
Ag Economics from the University of Manitoba, will present a seminar
titled "Food Security and Rural Development: Past experience in
Chinese agriculture and future perspectives". Dr Zhong is Dean
of Economics and Trade at Nanjing Agricultural University in China.
He is in Winnipeg to speak at the CWB Grain World conference, to participate
in a meeting of the Task Force on options for rural development in China,
and to discuss possible linkage programs between the Faculty of Agricultural
and Food Sciences and Nanjing Agricultural University.
- The fifth Faculty seminar will be presented by Denis Krause,
Animal Science, on Wednesday, March 3 at 3:30 pm in Room 130
Agriculture Building. His topic will be "Food borne pathogens in
beef production; a systems approach in tropical Australia". Coffee
and doughnuts will be served in the Atrium just outside Room 130 at
3:00 pm. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
honours "our" Member of the Order of Canada - At its 54th
annual meeting in Brandon Tuesday, February 10, the Manitoba Institute
of Agrologists presented Walter Bushuk, professor emeritus in
Food Science, with the 2004 Distinguished Agrologist award. In characteristic
fashion, Walter thanked the Institute and then deferred the honour to
his many graduate students who are making a difference in their professions.
Congratulations to all!
Brûlé-Babel, Plant Science, spoke at the MIA annual in Brandon
re "GMO vs non-GMO - can they co-exist". Diane Wreford,
Dean's Office, participated in a panel regarding recruiting prospective
Rude, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, will be presenting
a paper at the Southern Agricultural Economics Association 36th Annual
Meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma, February 14 - 18. Title of his presentation
is "Conceptual Issues for Developing Policy Relevant Commodity
Rene Van Acker and Lyle Friesen, along with grad students
Tony Szumigalski, Kristi De Corby, John Bullied, Anastasie Kabanyana,
and Jody Dexter are in Kansas City, Missouri at the 2004
Weed Science Society of America annual meeting this week.
Lobb, and Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, along with Tim Papakyriakou
of U of M's Centre for Earth Observation Science and David Burton
(on leave from Soil Science and currently Research Chair in Climate
Change at Nova Scotia Agricultural College) received grants from the
University of Saskatchewan for the project "Landscape-scale measurements
and upscaling of process-level nitrous oxide measurements".
Wittenberg, Animal Science, received a grant of $100,000 from Manitoba
Rural Adaptation Council in support of "Development of Educational
Exhibits, Signage and Take-home information for the Proposed Interpretive
Centre at CALPS".
Fitzpatrick, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals,
has been in Chicago this week participating in a meeting of the American
Oil Chemists Society Governing Board. She will also be the keynote presenter
on Friday, February 14 at the Direct Farm Marketing conference in Brandon,
speaking on "Functional foods and nutraceuticals: Opportunities
had a chance to learn more about the Faculty's cooperative education
program on Wednesday, February 11. "Co-op, through the eyes
of students" featured speakers Kristen Williamson, Tyler Kneeshaw,
and Celeste Maguet, who shared their experiences in the program.
If you would like more information about the Co-op Program, please contact
program coordinator Gord Mushey at 474-6943.
Clothing "Second Chance" - Some time in the near future
AGGIE clothing will be on sale in the Atrium. Stay tuned!
Independent Weekly - This week's article by Neil Holliday,
Entomology, is titled "Getting the bugs out of alfalfa". Neil
has been examining the economic significance of plant bug populations
in seed alfalfa in late summer. Research focused on whether an August
insecticide application provides economic benefits to the alfalfa seed
growers. The preliminary evidence suggests that late season populations
of plant bugs have little significance for seed yield. This research
will continue in 2004.
and Archives Canada has launched the Theses Canada Portal. Search
the online catalogue for all the Canadian theses and dissertations in
the collection and access for free the full-text electronic theses covering
the period from 1998 to 2002. Visit the Theses Canada Portal at www.nlc-bnc.ca/thesescanada/index-e.html
of the Week - Encyclopaedia of rose science, 2004. William
R. Newman Reference SB 410.95 E53. Purchased with funds from the F.L.
Skinner Fund. Volumes one and two consist of monographs by an international
array of scientists on all aspects of rose science and includes a number
of four-colour photographs and a subject index. The third volume lists
rose names. Each brief entry includes a description, awards, chromosome
count, patent number and so on. For example, Murphy's Law, developed
in 1982 is a bushy hybrid tea medium pink rose with dark foliage.
are difficult here by W.O. Mitchell (1990) is a novel of small-town
life in the Alberta foothills where the aforementioned encyclopaedia
may have come in handy. This title is available on the fiction shelf
above the photocopier.
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 4:30 P.M., March 15, 2004.
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 $95,000 is available this year
to fund proposals. Visit the Endowment
Fund site to read about projects which may qualify, past projects
funded and to download an application form. If you have any questions,
please contact Bernie
Dronzek at 474-8229
2003 Proceedings Online - The proceedings of the 2003 Manitoba
Agronomists Conference are now available online. A hard copy of the
proceedings will also be mailed to all participants. This incredibly
popular event was the 4th annual and drew a record 228 participants
to the campus in December.
Marketing Group, a small group of producers, visited the Faculty
this week as part of their Winnipeg tour. They were treated to a presentation
by Martin Entz, Plant Science, on innovative agronomic practices
and by Dean Harold Bjarnason on the Faculty's future opportunities
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