ADM Breaks Ground on 85 Million Gallon Biodiesel Plant in Velva

April 25, 2006

North Dakota Governor John Hoeven and executives of Archer Daniels Midland broke ground for the company's new 85 million gallon biodiesel plant adjacent to its oil crushing plant at Velva on April 24. The new facility will convert canola oil from the oil-crushing plant into biodiesel fuel, and use the equivalent of 1,000,000 acres of canola annually. The oil crushing facility has already helped to triple production of canola in the region by providing a local market for canola oil.

"We're pleased ADM found a healthy and attractive business environment in North Dakota for its new biodiesel facility," Hoeven said. "The result is a stronger rural economy in North Dakota and a nation a little nearer to energy independence." For more information, read the governor's April 24 press release.