It’s been a long, unprecedented journey of a sad, debilitating virus that we now realize has many mutations and variants.
Beginning as what is commonly known as “COVID-19”, the virus has as we all realize now, taken many lives, hampered others, generally wrought havoc worldwide, and caused economic upheaval due to efforts to slow the spread throughout populations around the world.
Having had the honor of hosting the biannual “International Pepper conference 2020” (IPC), as a team of coordinators, we chose to postpone the originally scheduled conference in September 2020. We still face COVID-19 challenges but we have decided, along with the help of our team, Dr. Stephanie Walker (New Mexico State University), Dr. Randy Norton (University of Arizona), Dr. Jeff Silvertooth (University of Arizona), Joshua Sherman (University of Arizona), Dr. Ben Villalon, (Texas A&M), and Dr. Terry Berke (Curry Seed and Chile Co.), to move forward with the conference in 2022. We are excited to announce conference dates of September 26, 27, and 28, 2022.
We will host a welcome evening on September 26, 2022, at the University Marriott in Tucson, Arizona. On September 27, a hands-on agronomy/practical breeding field day will be conducted with presentations in actual field settings at the Curry Farms facilities in Pearce Arizona. On September 28, abstract presentations will be held in Tucson, at the University Marriott.
We are honored and excited to host this long-standing science-based event directed solely for the purpose of dissemination of current research on peppers from around the world.
As was originally planned in 2020, a series of trial blocks will be established as part of the IPC 2022. Our goal is to encourage seed companies, universities, and other entities to display any variety of pepper (new or old) in the IPC trial blocks. To accomplish this goal we respectfully request any interested organizations to submit seed by April 1, 2022, to the address below. Trial blocks will be grown at Curry Farms facilities (4250 ft elevation) in Pearce (Southeastern Arizona).