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NMSU promises "hot" topics at 2008 New Mexico Chile Conference

New Mexico State University will host the 2008 New Mexico Chile Conference Feb. 4 and 5 at Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces.

This year's event will cover techniques for maximizing the efficiency of nutrients and water for chile crops as well as the latest in chile research initiatives, including developments considered critical for mechanical harvesting.

"An overview of our new chile yield project will be presented during the conference," said Stephanie Walker, NMSU Extension plant specialist. "This research group is made up of multi-disciplinary scientists who are working toward improving yields for chile growers."

The afternoon portion of the conference will focus on epidemiology and management strategies for the most troublesome diseases and pest challenges facing chile growers. Pesticide applicator continuing education units will be offered to those in attendance.

A welcome reception and silent auction will have unique chile and agricultural-related items, entertainment and food. Proceeds from the silent auction will go to Chile Pepper Institute educational programs and student work programs.

Pre-registration 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 before Jan. 31 and $95 at the door. Companies interested in commercial booths must call to reserve space as soon as possible. Cost is $350 when pre-registering and $400 after Jan. 31. Booth registration includes admission for two people.

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