Alabama soybean grower David Wilson is one of eight farmers newly appointed to the United Soybean Board by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman.

Fellow Southeastern grower Woody Green of South Carolina has been re-appointed to the commodity group's board, and Don Underwood of Alabama is serving as an alternate on the board.

Nineteen soybean farmers from around the country have been appointed to serve on the volunteer board that administers the soybean checkoff. The appointees join 43 other U.S. soybean farmers who create and oversee programs to increase U.S. soybean exports and domestic utilization, find new uses for U.S. soybeans and keep U.S. soybean farmers competitive by conducting research to improve the composition of U.S. soy.

“Each of these volunteer appointees will represent soybean farmers from their respective states,” says United Soybean Board (USB) Chairman Richard Borgsmiller, a soybean farmer from Murphysboro, Ill.

“The soybean checkoff has helped U.S. soybean farmers achieve record exports, grow our domestic demand, greatly expand new uses such as soy biodiesel and solve some of our toughest production problems through checkoff-funded research,” says Borgsmiller.

All of the appointees officially become farmer-directors on USB at the board's annual meeting, Dec. 5-10 in St. Louis. All appointees were nominated by their state soybean checkoff boards and will serve three-year terms on USB.