Farmers develop taste for sesame

Arkansans say plant easier to grow than traditional crops

Posted: August 31, 2014 at 5:40 a.m.

Arkansas farmer Seth Towles is growing 160 acres of sesame near Lake City. He says sesame costs less and is much easier to grow than cotton.

Sesame is gaining a foothold in parts of the southeastern United States, where cotton has long been king, as farmers in Arkansas and elsewhere take advantage of its drought tolerance and a recently developed trait that lets them harvest it with typical agriculture equipment.

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