Whether its jalapenos, habaneros, anaheims or big jims, Americans love their chiles, and chiles love them back. Chile contains countless antioxidants and also has a high fiber content. One green chile pod has more vitamin C than five oranges and one teaspoon of dried red chile provides your daily requirement of vitamin A. Demand for New Mexico chile is on the rise as word of its health benefits spreads and as America’s palette becomes more attuned to spicy foods. New Mexico farmers are meeting that demand, growing over 130 million pounds of chile in 2013 on 8,600 acres.
Chile farmers now have an opportunity to learn how to boost their production through the 2016 New Mexico Chile Conference held in Las Cruces, February 1st and 2nd. Hosted by the Chile Pepper Institute at NMSU, the conference will offer sessions on drones in agriculture, food safety, marketing strategies and updates on mechanization. Registration is $110 and you can find more details by searching online for New Mexico chile conference. This is Dalene Hodnett with the New Mexico Farm Bureau Ag Minute.