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The 26th annual New Mexico Chile Conference will be held Feb. 5 and 6 in Las Cruces at the Hotel Encanto, formerly the Las Cruces Hilton.
"New Mexico is one of the largest chile producing states in the country," said John White, Doņa Ana County Extension agent. "Both the red and green chile industries are very important to our economy."
This year's conference is titled "New Mexico Chile: A Quality Industry," and will cover topics including Elephant Butte Irrigation District community water filtration, New Mexico Department of Agriculture pesticide licensing, chile industry mechanization, crop management, biotechnology and others.
White said workshops will focus on management practices, product development, genetics and disease and pest control.
The program will also feature speakers from New Mexico and Arizona as well as a small trade show for vendors and a poster session for students and professors to post their chile research.
"The conference is also a good time for growers, processors and researchers to meet one another and find out what's going on in the chile industry," said White.
The conference begins Monday, Feb. 5, with a welcome reception and silent auction from 6 - 8:30 p.m.
The main program will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. followed by the welcome address.
Contact the Chile Pepper Institute at (505) 646-3028 for registration information.
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