Annual Meeting Recap & Prize Winners

Aug 19, 2013

The joint meeting of the Canadian Society of Soil Science/Manitoba Soil Science Society/ Canadian Society for Agricultural and Forest Meteorology was hosted in Winnipeg, MB from July 22-25, 2013.

The program began with several full-day workshops, including a well-attended Greenhouse Gas Field Workshop. The morning session was spent at the TGAS MAN field site where the state-of-the art CO2 and N2O flux gradient system was on display as well as demonstrations of automated chambers for measuring fluxes of numerous gases with FTIR. The afternoon workshop was held at the Food and Farm Discovery Centre and included a variety of presentations on methodology and new instrumentation. The conference showcased research from many members of CSAFM and included sessions on agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, carbon cycling in permafrost regions, and measurement and modeling of soil carbon exchanges. The final afternoon of the conference included the Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Program (AGGP) meeting, which was attended by researchers from across the country. Full details of the program can be found on the conference website

The annual meeting of CSAFM took place at 5pm on July 23rd, chaired by President, Dr. Ralf Staebler of Environment Canada. A key point on the agenda was the 2014 meeting, and it was decided that next year’s meeting would be held with the AMS Agricultural and Forest Meteorology Group meeting in Portland Oregon (May 12-16). Changes to the executive included a new student representative, Krista Hanis; new joint webmasters, Amanda Taylor and Mario Tenuta; and Dr. Andy VanderZaag, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, was installed as President and the ceremonial net-pyrradiometer was passed from Dr. Staebler to Dr. VanderZaag.

There were many excellent graduate student presentations competing for three prizes. Krista Hanis won the $1000 Bert Tanner Prize, sponsored by Campbell Scientific Canada, with her oral presentation entitled ‘Can Inclusion of 4 Years of Perennial Forage in an Annual Crop Rotation within the Red River Valley of the Canadian Prairies Increase Soil Carbon Storage and Reduce Nitrous Oxide Emissions?’. The $250 prize winner for outstanding oral presentation was Amanda Taylor, for her talk entitled ‘Measuring Carbon Exchange over Three Cropping Systems in Manitoba’. The winner of the $250 outstanding poster presentation was Jolene Rutter, whose work was titled ‘Development of an Automated System for Greenhouse and Nitrogen Gas Flux Determinations from Compost’. All three winners are from the University of Manitoba. Congratulations to the three student winners for their outstanding presentations!

Keep up the great work, and hope to see you next year, May 12-16th, in Portland, Oregon!

Posted by: Andy VanderZaag

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