This year, Oklahoma farmers are expected to plant an estimated 300,000 acres of canola, trailing only North Dakota in production, Juhnke said.
Northstar's proposed facility will have the capacity to process 2,200 tons of canola per day or 760,000 tons per year, Juhnke said, and will include a full refinery capable of producing 580 million pounds of food grade refined canola oil and 450,000 tons of canola meal annually.
Northstar has one other canola refinery, situated on 335 acres in Hallock, Minn. The company expects the Enid facility alone to represent 25 acres. Officials are negotiating with two railroads and several private property owners, Juhnke said.