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Annual chile conference set to bring the heat

New Mexico State University will host the 2009 New Mexico Chile Conference Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces.

This year's program will focus on practical solutions for chile pepper industry growers, producers and processors. During the conference, new mechanical harvesters and destemmers will be showcased. Additionally, research on disease and pest management solutions, and the latest food safety and health benefits research will be addressed.

The annual welcome reception will be held on Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. The conference will run from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Preregistration for the conference can be done online at www.chilepepperinstitute.org, by phone at (575) 646-3028 or by fax at (575) 646-6041. Registration is $85 in advance or $95 at the door. Commercial booth space is $350 and includes registration for two people.

For further information, contact Danise Coon at the Chile Pepper Institute at (575) 646-3028.