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January 10, 2010 in City

Stephen Starr, general manager of Inland Empire Oilseeds, said Washington state’s commitment to use biodiesel in the state fleet and its financial assistance have been big factors in the successful business model.

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A screw-driven press extracts oil from canola seeds at Inland Empire Oilseeds in Odessa, Wash. Canola is 40 percent oil, while soybeans contain 18 percent oil.

The finished product from Inland Empire Oilseeds is premium canola-based vegetable oil biodiesel.

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Stephen Starr, general manager of Inland Empire Oilseeds, holds canola seeds used to produce biodiesel and farm feed products.