Seaboard Foods says it will build a biodiesel plant in Guymon, Okla. with an annual capacity of 30 million gallons. The new facility will utilize animal fats and vegetable oils as the feedstock for the fuel.

The biodiesel plant is part of newly formed High Plains Bioenergy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seaboard Foods. "High Plains Bioenergy will focus on finding renewable energy sources from our integrated system, and complements the proactive environmental commitment exhibited in our processing plants and farms," said Rod Brenneman, president of Seaboard Foods and High Plains Bioenergy.

Seaboard, which expects to officially open the plant in 2008, joins other protein processors such as Tyson Foods and Cargill Inc. in the movement to produce biofuels.