Making Cultivation Financially Profitable and Optimizing Farm Potential with ‘Smarter Sesame’

Food, Food Manufacturing & Supply Chain,
  • Friday, December 04, 2020

Equinom is bringing about a sea of change in the food and agricultural industries, introducing newly designed non-GMO “Smarter Sesame” with high-value health, function and cultivation characteristics.
With huge value packed into a tiny superfood, sesame has become one of the world’s most prominent oilseed crops and an essential part of a nutritious diet. Equinom’s breakthrough Smarter Sesame varieties are abundant in qualities targeted to food industry specifications, making these high oil- and protein-content seeds highly profitable across regional economies.

In addition to many nutritional trait upgrades, Equinom’s IP-protected sesame varieties offer a myriad of benefits to growers, including:
• Boosting crop yields up to 2,200 lbs/acre (compared to the industry standard of 500 lbs/acre)
• Durability in a range of growing conditions, with heat tolerance and drought resistance
• Requiring less fertilizer and water (compared to sorghum, cotton and corn)
• Requiring less use of pesticides due to naturally high levels of disease and insect tolerance compared to other crops
• Fitting in multiple row cropping systems and conforming to most planting and irrigation methods
• Improving soil tilth leading to higher yields on the following crops

Equinom is introducing Smarter Sesame to optimize cultivation in many new and existing geographical areas: The United States, South America, Western Europe, Southern Europe, the Middle East and Australia. In the US, Smarter Sesame has been grown commercially across 50,000 acres in Texas and Oklahoma over the last three years.

In the webinar, attendees will learn how to increase farm potential and profitability with Equinom’s Smarter Sesame. Topics of discussion will include a current market overview, the agronomic and financial benefits of Smarter Sesame, how to grow Smarter Sesame and the benefits of Equinom’s sesame varieties across the supply chain.


Rick Mignella, Equinom

Rick Mignella, EVP and Managing Director, Equinom

Rick Mignella is a senior executive and business leader with more than 25 years of experience in the food and ingredient industries. His customer-centric approach merges food and ingredient expertise with innovation and high-impact business skills to help global companies reach their objectives and expand revenue. Mignella has a deep understanding of the market from ideation to shelf, which has enabled him to identify synergies and establish collaborative partnerships throughout the supply chain.

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Chris Schupp, Equinom

Chris Schupp, Director of Business Development, Equinom

Chris Schupp has spent his entire career at the farm gate and retail levels of production row crop agriculture. During his career, Chris has amassed extensive experience in grain merchandising and retail agronomy having managed grain and agronomy locations at Cargill. Chris also possesses a deep knowledge of the seed industry having spent many years in commercial seed businesses at both Cargill and Dow. Chris holds a degree in Ag Economics from the University of Missouri and is also a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) with the American Society of Agronomy.

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Who Should Attend?

  • Farmers
  • Grain Handlers/Elevators
  • Grain Merchandising Companies
  • Agronomy Companies and Suppliers
  • Sesame Traders and Import & Export Functions
  • Food Ingredients and Innovation
  • Procurement/Sourcing Functions – Conventional and Organic Sesame Buyers
  • Food Manufacturers, CPG Companies and Supply Chain
  • VP or Director Operations – Grain Processing, Food Manufacturing
  • R&D and Innovation Titles

What You Will Learn

  • An overview of the current sesame market
  • The agronomic and financial benefits of adding Smarter Sesame to a farming operation
  • How to grow Smarter Sesame
  • The benefits of Equinom’s varieties across the supply chain

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Equinom is a seed breeding company that uses DNA sequencing and proprietary algorithms to make the breeding process more efficient. The company has used this technology to produce varieties of legumes, sesame, and quinoa.

Equinom has developed a new breeding methodology that integrates the breeder’s skills with massive genomic and phenomic data sets. The technology enables the company to breed non-GMO varieties while achieving high levels of accuracy and efficiency. Its algorithms perform genome-wide selection with the goal of developing varieties with maximum market value.

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