Bringing the heat, NMSU’s annual chile conference set for Feb. 5-6

Registration is now open for the 2018 New Mexico Chile Conference hosted by New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute. Drawing attendees from all over the world, the conference runs Feb. 5 to 6 at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces.

This year’s conference will discuss new updates in food modernization, the best agriculture practices and research solutions for diseases and pests. Along with Hank Giclas from the Western Growers Association, who will give an update on innovations in the fresh produce industry, the conference will also feature booths from companies that can assist New Mexico chile pepper growers sustain excellent and profitable yields.

“The New Mexico Chile conference is the biggest, most important conference on chile peppers. We give growers the latest information and let them know that NMSU is on the cutting edge of chile peppers research and discovery,” said Paul Bosland, co-founder and director of the Chile Pepper Institute. “One of the special guests we have this year is a Professor Dina St. Clair from UC Davis. She will be discussing high-throughput phenotyping, which is technology that allows for a quicker analysis of the traits of chile peppers in the field.”

Conference pre-registration for individuals is $130 and $475 for a vendor booth. After Jan. 31, individual prices are $145 and $500 for booths. For more information on the conference, contact the Chile Pepper Institute at 575-646-3028 or register online at