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New Mexico Chile Association

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Who we are:

The New Mexico Chile Association is a non-profit organization composed of growers and producers who are fighting to ensure the chile industry remains and prospers in New Mexico.

Why is New Mexico Chile So Good?

·        In the southern part of the state where much of the chile is grown, the sun shines 350 days a year!

·        Chile craves warm, dry weather and warm soil.  We can deliver!

·        Varieties are chosen with the New Mexico climate, soils and agricultural practices in mind.

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What Chile Means to New Mexico   Blessed_Truck.jpg      

·       What oranges and potatoes are to Florida and Idaho, chile is to New Mexico!

·        Chile is so important to New Mexico, our state question is: Red or Green?

·        Chile is consumed by many at every meal!

·        Chile is celebrated at festivals all over the state!

·        Chile contributes significantly to the state's economy!

·       Our unique chile inspired cuisine is a major reason why thousands of tourists visit the state each year!

What is Happening to NM Chile?

·       Industry is in a steep decline

·         34,500 Acres were harvested in 1992, only 9,600 were harvested in 2012

·         China is trying to corner the world oleoresin market which accounts for 30% of NM acreage

·         Foreign companies are taking advantage of their reduced regulation and cheap, plentiful labor

·         Imports account for about 82% of chile consumed in the U.S. – automation is the only solution

·         Sometimes chile is sold labeled as “Hatch” or “NM Grown” when it comes from outside NM or even the U.S.

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