Nelson Named to Biodiesel Board

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Country music star Willie Nelson in a corporate boardroom in Mississippi.
Sounds a little odd, but biodiesel manufacturer, Earth Biofuels, Inc., in Jackson announced it has appointed Nelson to its board of directors.

Nelson is strong advocate of clean-burning biodiesel. The country music star says he's anxious to get started at his new job.

Company chief executive Tommy Johnson called Nelson a supporter of biodiesel fuel who is very knowledgeable about the industry.

The company currently produces about two million gallons of biodiesel at a facility in Meridian. Construction is under way on a larger plant in Durant, Oklahoma.

Nelson and three business partners recently formed a company called Willie Nelson's Biodiesel that is marketing the fuel to truck stops.

The product -- called BioWillie -- is made from vegetable oils, mainly soybeans, and can be burned without modification to diesel engines.