* Washington State University graduate student Erim Gomez recently received a $100,000 fellowship from the Bullitt Foundation of Seattle to complete field and laboratory studies on an endangered frog in the Moses Lake, Wash., ecosystem. The two-year fellowship will support Gomez's fieldwork in spring 2012 as he collects information on the northern leopard frog population and habitat. Gomez will determine if the frog's diminished populations stem from habitat loss or fragmentation.

* The Fresno County Farm Bureau has announced candidates for the Future Advocates for Agriculture Concerned about Tomorrow Leadership Development Class. They are Andrew Andersen, Kelly Ansaldo, Jon Baloian, Jim Cavaletto, Gabriel Dillard, Jordan Freeman, Noah Heinz, Gayle Holman, Michael Holtermann, Jennifer Nard, Marci Reyes, Darren Rose, Annie Stuhr, Terry Vawter, John Waymire and Larry Westerlund.


* Peter Truitt, one of the co-founders of Truitt Brothers Inc., has received the 2011 Bounty of Oregon Award. The award recognizes those who utilize and promote the agricultural products of Oregon.


* Jim Hendrickson has been named as BiOWiSH Technologies' environmental sales specialist for animal agriculture. He will help dairy farmers in the Pacific Northwest with environmental challenges, including managing waste, reducing odor and helping reduce nutrient loads in runoff.

* Evan Myers has been named Oppenheimer's stone fruit category director. He joined Oppenheimer in a quality assurance role in 2005, and was promoted to category coordinator for grapes and stone fruit a year later. In 2009, Myers began focusing specifically on the company's imported stone fruit programs, and was appointed category manager.

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