Pickens County Alabama grower Annie Dee has been appointed to the United Soybean Board by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Pat Buck of Sumter County was elected as an alternate board member.

"These appointees represent a cross section of the soybean industry, and I am confident they will serve the soybean producers well," said Vilsack.

Dee is a member of the Pickens County Farmers Federation board of directors and serves as chairman of the county’s Equine Committee. She previously served on the Federation’s State Wheat and Feed Grains Committee.

She operates a 10,000-acre farm and ranch alongside her family where, in addition to soybeans, they raise corn, wheat, rye, sunflowers, cattle and timber.

“I have a passion for agriculture production,” Dee said. “I love raising crops, especially harvesting. I run the combine, and I realize that is the only part of the farming process that actually brings the money in.”

Dee said she likes to focus on improvements in soil fertility and quality, adding that her farm has used cover crops and no-till planting to build organic matter in the soil. Dee often combines her love of horseback riding with work on the farm.

“When I’m not harvesting crops, I spend lots of days riding a horse moving cattle or getting cattle up to work,” she said.