the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences staff newsletter
- On Thursday, October 30, Claudio Stasolla, Plant Science,
will be speaking about "Regulation of meristem formation and maintenance
of angiosperms". The seminar will be held in the Carolyn Sifton
Lecture Theatre at 3:30 pm. Coffee and donuts will be served at 3:00
Science Seminars - Rick Raddatz, Environment Canada, will
present "Monthly mean afternoon mixing-layer depths 'tuned' to
the eco-climatic regions of the Canadian prairie provinces" in
Room 344 Ellis Building at 2:30 pm on Friday, October 31.
Science Graduate Seminars - On Tuesday, November 4, grad
student Colleen Wilson will speak about "West Nile Virus
and the horse". The seminar is set for 10:00 am in 219 Animal Science.
the Dips on tour - The second year Diploma class will be touring
Glenlea on Wednesday, November 5. The bus leaves parking lot
"E" at 2:30 pm. All are welcome to attend but seating is limited. Please
call Lorrie Koroscil at 474-9236.
Your Kids to Work Day
- Also on Wednesday, November 5, several Faculty staff members
will be bringing their children (Grade 9/Senior 1) to visit their workplace.
As an added bonus, the Faculty will offer a few extra tours and activities
for those young people. If you are planning to bring your young person
to work at the Faculty next week, please let us know so we can include
him/her in our plans! Contact Diane Wreford (474-8281) or Crystal
to Know Research... at Your University - This speaker series from
the Office of the Vice-President (Research) will feature Karin Wittenberg,
Animal Science, on Sunday, November 16 at 2 pm at Smartpark,
135 Innovation Drive on the Fort Garry Campus. Karin's topic will be
"Living in Harmony: Managing Livestock for a Sustainable Future"
in which she will focus on how long-term research into animal housing,
manure handling systems, land use and cropping systems can reduce environmental
and human risk factors associated with intensive livestock operations.
The Get to Know Research series, which showcases leading-edge University
research and innovation to the general public, is free and everyone
is welcome to attend.
Agronomists Conference - Application forms are available
on-line to register for the 4th Annual Manitoba Agronomists Conference
set for Tuesday, December 9, and Wednesday, December 10,
in the JRI Auditorium. This is a forum where Manitoba agronomists meet
to discuss the latest developments and trends in crop production, crop
protection and soil management. Registration at $125 includes all sessions,
meals and a parking pass for both days! For more information, call 474-9391.
The Conference is organized by Manitoba Agriculture & Food, Agriculture
& Agri-Food Canada and the University of Manitoba.
Courses in Dairy
- The Department of Food Science and Manitoba Agriculture and Food are
once again holding two short courses in the Dairy Science building in
December: Pasteurization of Milk and Liquid Foods I (December 15
and 16), and II (December 17). This course will benefit plant
supervisors, engineers, operators and quality control staff working
with a wide variety of pasteurized food products. Also, inspectors of
food pasteurization operations would find this course useful.
Oleson, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, will be in Kansas
City, Missouri, October 29 - November 2, attending the NCR-194 Annual
Meeting, and the 6th Annual Farmers Cooperatives 2003 Conference. NCR-194
is the USA national research group focused on cooperatives.
also made an Outlook Presentation to the Credit Union Central Board
of Directors in Winnipeg on October 28. He will be presenting a seminar
to CARD/MRAC in Portage la Prairie on November 4 on "Agri-Food
Sector and the Role of the Cooperative Model".
Kennedy, Animal Science, made a presentation to the Manitoba Hydro
Research and Development Board on October 29. Her talk was entitled
"Economic production of replacement dairy heifers".
Guenter, Animal Science, attended the "Fall Hatching Egg Seminar"
on October 29 at the CanadInn, where he chaired the afternoon session.
Grain Transportation Reform Conference sponsored by the Department
of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics is history, and a cursory
review of the evaluations, plus unsolicited observations, suggest that
it was a great success! Approximately 90 people, including a good cross-section
of producers, government and industry officials, and academics, participated
in this event held at the Clarion Hotel on October 23-24. A major reason
for this success was the excellent array of thoughtful presentations
by the speakers and discussants. Proceedings of the conference will
be available on a CD, likely after the New Year. The organizers believe
that Daryl Kraft, who initiated this conference and to whom it
was dedicated, would have been pleased!
Adjunct Professor with the Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural
Economics, has been appointed to a task force on Policy Options for
Agricultural and Rural Development in China and is leaving for Beijing
on November 1 for one week. This is the first of four trips he plans
to make to China over the course of the next year. The task force, established
by the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and
Development, is made up of five Chinese and five international agricultural
economists. It will operate out of the Centre for Chinese Agricultural
Policy in the Chinese Academy of Sciences and is required to submit
its report in October 2004.
Metrycki, School of Agriculture, participated with the Flax Council
of Canada this past week in an Expo at the American Dietitians Association
(ADA) conference in San Antonio, Texas. The Flax Council was one of
more than 1600 exhibitors at the annual event which attracted dietitians
from the U.S., Mexico, South America and overseas.
MacDonald, Animal Systems, will leave October 30 for an 8-month
period of study at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU),
Uppsala, under a bi- lateral exchange agreement between SLU and the
University of Manitoba. Kirstin will be at SLU until mid-June 2004.
Funds to assist with travel are provided from the award given by FAFS
Endowment Fund in 2002 to the Department of Agribusiness project "Student/Faculty
Exchange on Sustainable Agriculture and International Trade".
Crop Protection Canada recently gave $100,000 to the Faculty of
Agricultural and Food Sciences to set up the Syngenta Graduate Scholarship.
The gift was matched by the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative,
and will be used to supply an annual award to a graduate student working
in an area related to sustainable development, specifically environmental
quality and resources management, integrated pest management, introduction
of new technologies, economic viability and rural community sustainability.
For more information, contact Bernie Dronzek, Associate Dean
(Academic) at 474-8229.
IN THE NEWS
Independent Weekly - This week's article by Carla Zelmer
and Alison Sass, Plant Science, is titled "On the trail
of wheat that provides its own nitrogen fertilizer". They look
at the notion of developing cereal crops that can produce their own
nitrogen, which might in turn lower the fertilizer and application costs
incurred by producers. Carla is exploring the possibility of introducing
nitrogen-fixing sugarcane bacterium into wheat, while Alison has been
looking for locally adapted, mutualistic nitrogen-fixing bacteria in
Research News section of the University of Manitoba Bulletin
(October 23), the "My Word!" feature was written by Paul Bullock,
Soil Science, and the research profile features a piece by David
Lobb, also of Soil Science, on "Landscape Restoration: a practice
whose time has come".
Fitzpatrick, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals,
is interviewed in an article titled "New
frontiers in functional foods" that is currently featured prominently
on the home page of Meristem Land and Science. The article teaser
states "a leading research manager provides perspective on the fast-rising
trend toward functional foods and the dramatic potential it holds for
western Canadian agriculture".
was involved in two Science Teachers of Manitoba SAG conferences this
past Friday. Crystal Jorgenson and Gord Mushey, Dean's
Office, attended the main conference at Kildonan East Collegiate where
they promoted the Faculty's programs and the annual science teachers'
workshop. Rene Van Acker, Plant Science, presented at the special
SAG event entitled "Agricultural Biotechnology Enrichment Program: From
Tube to Table" held at JRI's Kelburn Farm. Rene said about 20 high school
science teachers participated. He wanted to note that Al Raine, JRI,
did an excellent job of promoting the Faculty. Thanks Al!
Office is calling for nominations for the highly prestigious 2004
3M Teaching Fellowships. The nomination procedure requires a letter
from the Vice-President (Academic), or equivalent, that addresses the
nominee's special qualifications for the award. Nominations should be
forwarded to Karen Ogden, Vice-Provost (Academic Affairs), no
later than February 16, 2004. For more information, visit the
online document "Preparing
a Nomination for the 3M Teaching Fellowship Award".
will be placing an order soon for Aggie Clothing, so if you
are interested in getting a jacket, duffel bag or some other cool aggie
memorabilia, print and fill out the order form that can be found
online. Deadline to get this form into clothing rep Nicki Dzisiak
is November 1, so do it today! For more information, contact
the FASO office at 474-6763.
2002-2003 Annual Report is now online in PDF format. Limited
hard copies are available at the Dean's Office - contact Crystal at
474-9435 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
to staff.matters Plant Science correspondent Tammy Petriew, Plant
Science. Tammy is moving to Payroll November 3. Best wishes!
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