Who Should Attend

For the past 38 years, the International Pepper Conference attracts prominent scientists, researchers, breeders, horticulturists, pathologists, entomologists, geneticists, physiologists, virologists, extension agents, seed and chemical company representatives, major processors, growers, students and chile aficionados from around the world and is now recognized as the premier venue for the dissemination and exchange of information on Capsicum. In recent years, interest and demand for peppers has increased dramatically worldwide and peppers are no longer considered a minor crop in the global market. All pepper types including bell, long green/red chile, high color paprika, ancho, pimiento, cayenne, tabasco, jalapeno, habanero, yellow pickling, serrano, and cherry peppers will be a focus of the conference.

Benefits of Attending

This conference provides growers, industry, processors, brokers, and scientists a place to make new business relationships, meet specialists in the different fields, and gain access to the latest technology, products and services to perform their respective jobs better. If you have an interest in peppers, you cannot afford to miss this conference. For many of us, it is also an opportunity to see old friends and make new ones!

The conference will provide an unsurpassed opportunity for networking and the multi-disciplinary sharing and exchange of the latest scientific and practical information related to pepper breeding, production and processing. All day field tours will provide an opportunity to visit state-of-the-art commercial production fields, packing facilities and breeding stations around Southwest Florida. In addition to the camaraderie and educational opportunities, the conference will provide a great chance to explore Fort Myers, Sanibel, Southwest Florida and surrounding natural wonders such as the Everglades, Ten Thousand Islands and the Big Cypress National Preserve.

Of special interest, will be an optional field trip to the Florida Ag Expo at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center on November 7, 2018. The Florida Ag Expo is Florida’s Premier Event for Fruit and Vegetable Growers and will provide an opportunity to learn more about ongoing vegetable research at the University of Florida.

The Florida Ag Expo offers fruit and vegetable growers the opportunity to get the latest information on new production trends and techniques, sample new varieties, and observe field trials.

The Expo features the latest on pest and disease management in tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, watermelons and other vegetable crops and offers educational sessions and field tours highlighting on-going vegetable research trials, which will provide practical solutions and new ideas for increasing yields that you can implement to maximize profitability in fruit and vegetable production.

UF/IFAS Extension

Extension is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. The University of Florida (UF), together with Florida A&M University (FAMU), administers the Florida Cooperative Extension Service. UF/IFAS Extension encompasses thousands of Extension faculty members, scientists, educators, administrative staff, and volunteers, all working to provide solutions for your life.

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OCI stands for the Office of Conferences & Institutes. It is a full service conference planning agency at the University of Florida. OCI was created to support the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) mission to develop knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and to make that knowledge available to people to sustain and enhance the quality of life.

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