* The University of Idaho has appointed Nilsa A. Bosque-PÃ©rez, professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences, to serve an interim appointment as dean of the College of Graduate Studies. She takes up the new post on Aug. 15. Her duties will include facilitating the activities of several interdisciplinary programs at the university.
* Abe Hughes has been named vice president of Sales and Marketing for New Holland Agriculture in North America. Hughes, who most recently was vice president and director of Business Development Americas for CNH, New Holland Agriculture's parent company, will be located at the New Holland Agriculture North American headquarters in New Holland, Pa.
* Jonathan Beitia has joined the North American Limousin Foundation staff as the director of communications.He will serve as the organizations communication, marketing and advertising specialist to the Limousin breed and NALF.
* Sue Castner, chairwoman of the Oregon Commission for Women, was elected to the board of directors for the National Association of Commissions for Women during its recent convention in Rockville, Md.. Castner will serve on the board representing Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho, which comprise NACW's Region 10.
* Ed Perry, the director of University of California Cooperative Extension in Stanislaus County, retired June 30, ending a career that had a broad impact in local gardens and horticulture-related businesses by virtue of a weekly gardening newspaper column he wrote for 32 years. Perry conducted applied research and extension work for the nursery, arboriculture and landscape maintenance industries. His research focused on two main areas: nitrogen nutrition of trees and pest management in woody landscape plants.
* The Oregon Farm Bureau Associate Member Scholarship for 2010 has been awarded to Heath Webb of Cottage Grove, Ore. The scholarship, funded by Country Financial, is worth $1,000 and is given to a non-voting, non-farm family with an associate membership in the Farm Bureau. Webb is currently a sophomore majoring in forestry management at Oregon State University.
Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarships, ranging from $1,500 to $750, were also awarded to 14 students. The memorial scholarships are awarded to Oregon high school graduates pursuing a career in agriculture or forestry. The recipients were Joshua Duling, Maupin, Ore., Peter Cersovski, Harrisburg, Ore., Jordan May, Dayton, Ore., Jessica Riggin, Ironside, Ore., Jordyn Coon, Shedd, Ore., Michelle Janik, Sandy, Ore., Kaci Sintek, Sandy, Ore., Daniel Miles, Silver Lake, Ore., Hannah DelCurto, Cove, Ore., Paige Aragon, La Grande, Ore., Conner Duyck, Cornelius, Ore., Kip Krebs, Ione, Ore., Jessica Cronin, Drewsey, Ore., and Madilynne McGuire, Dallas, Ore.