New Mexico to host world's largest meeting on chili peppers

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State University is preparing to host the world’s largest conference dedicated to chile peppers.

The 2020 New Mexico Chile Conference will run Feb. 3-4 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The university’s Chile Pepper Institute has been organizing the annual conference for about three decades.

It draws experts in breeding, processing, pest management and overall sustainability of the industry.

Students also will present their pepper-related research during the two-day gathering.

Chili has long been one of New Mexico’s signature crops. It’s the state vegetable and the basis for the official state question: “Red or green?”

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