The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences is the gateway to the future of agri-food knowledge.
The Faculty works to provide leadership in education and research by advancing the knowledge and understanding of science related to production, processing, preservation and marketing of food and other agricultural products consistent with a dependable supply of safe and nutritious food; the viability of the agri-food industry and the rural economy; and the conservation of the natural resource base and enhancement of environmental quality.
The Faculty’s partnerships extend beyond the Canadian border to countries such as China, India and Uruguay. The Faculty has a long-standing relationship with organizations such as the Canadian International Development Agency, the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada, and the International Development Research Centre to conduct research and provide teaching assistance at agricultural institutions in developing countries.
Ryan Cardwell is an associate professor and the graduate student coordinator in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Manitoba.
His areas of interest are international trade and food policy. Ryan is an editorial board member for the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics and the current president of the Canadian Council of the International Association of Agricultural Economists.
Ryan’s research focuses on the effects of international trade agreements on food aid, trade flows and intellectual property rights. Recent research topics include the distributional effects of Canada’s food and agricultural policies on low-income households, proposed WTO disciplines on food export restrictions, and the effects of merging federal-government foreign aid agencies into departments of foreign affairs/international trade.
Martin Entz’s areas of focus lie with agronomic practices, soil science in relation to pesticides. Dr. Entz works on sustainable agricultural systems together with fellow researchers, students, technicians, farmers, and interested citizens.
Dr. Farenhorst and her team’s main research objective is to strengthen policies, programs and performance measures that help protect Canada’s land and water resources. In this regard they focus on the environmental fate of agrichemicals such as pesticides, natural steroidal estrogens and antibiotics.
Dr. Farenhorst has experience using community-based research methods through her leadership of a CIDA-Tier 2 project. About 350 small-scale farm families’ in Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua were involved in this project, along with investigators at four universities. Together, theyreated demonstration plots that resulted in improved practices that led to better quality food being produced. These improved practices included reduced pesticide use and, in Honduras, pesticide container recycling depots where empty containers could be properly disposed of. This has significantly reduced the likelihood of empty pesticide containers being disposed of in surface waters or public wells, or being used to store food and drinking water. The economic benefit is that crushed containers can be used as aggregate in cement.
Dr. Farenhorst is the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for the Prairie region. Its aim is to create new opportunities for women to grow, develop, and provide leadership in the fields of science and engineering. Among these opportunities are outreach programs for Aboriginal Peoples of Northern communities created in collaboration with the leaders of those communities. Farenhorst and her research team participate in CHRR’s water rights research, including running the CREATE H2O program.
Dr. Francis Zvomuya is an associate professor of soil science at the University of Manitoba.
He runs a research program on the remediation of contaminated agricultural, industrial, and municipal sites, with on-going projects on the use of plants (phytoremediation) to cleanup metal-contaminated sites; wetland-based and terrestrial phytoremediation of end-of-life municipal lagoons; and the use of organic amendments to enhance the reclamation quality of long-term stockpiled soils from the oil sands region of Alberta.
His recent work has also included sustainable application of food-processing effluent on agricultural land to supply crop nutrients; tracking the environmental dispersal and dissipation of antibiotics from animal manure; co-composting of non-toxic industrial waste with livestock manure to facilitate utilization on farmland; characterization of nutrient dynamics and fertilizer value of biodigestate from biogas processing; utilization of manure-derived struvite as an efficient, organic source of phosphorus for plants; management of drilling waste from conventional hydrocarbon exploration and extraction; and solid/liquid separation of liquid swine manure as a management option for mitigating environmental phosphorus problems.
Dr. Zvomuya is part of the team working on a drinking water project in Sapotaweyak Cree First Nation and Pine Creek First Nation as part of the University of Manitoba’s Water Rights Research Consortium. Dr. Zvomuya is also recognized for his exceptional expertise in applied statistics.