Recorded webinar – Making Cultivation Financially Profitable and Optimizing Farm Potential with Smarter Sesame

Rick Mignella
Rick Mignella

Chief Business Development Officer

As a multi-disciplined global food and ingredient industry executive, Rick has grown revenue and expanded business strategically in highly competitive channels such as rice, confectionery, bakery, and specialized nutrition. His customer-centric approach enables him to build the trusted relationships and collaborative partnerships that are so important to Equinom throughout the supply chain. Deep ideation-to-shelf market insights and the ability to merge food expertise with innovation and high-impact business skills have driven Rick’s success in his previous leadership positions with the Veetee Group, Ingredion and Cargill.

Chris Schupp
Chris Schupp

Commercial Production Manager

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.

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:

  • They boost crop yields up to 2200 lbs/acre (compared to the industry standard of 500 lbs/acre)
  • They are durable in a range of growing conditions, and are heat tolerant and drought resistant
  • They requires less fertilizer and water (compared to sorghum, cotton and corn)
  • They require less use of pesticides due to naturally high levels of disease and insect tolerance compared to other crops
  • They fit in many-row cropping systems and conforms to most planting and irrigation methods
  • They improve 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 3 years.

In this 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.

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

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


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