Mission Statement

The Bean Improvement Cooperative – BIC is a voluntary and informal organization to effect the exchange of information and materials for the improvement of bean production worldwide. Members include scientists, students, private organizations and lay-people interested in our mission.

Request for submission of 2021 BIC Reports: deadline February 1st, 2021

BIC Meeting 2021 in Saskatoon, Canada

The next BIC biennial meeting will be held in Saskatoon, Canada in October/November 2021.

BIC Meeting 2019 in Fargo, North Dakota


The President runs the BIC with assistance from a Coordinating Committee that meets every two years at the Biennial Meeting. In addition, three sub-committees provide input on matters related to specific topics. These include an Awards Committee, a Genetics Committee and a Local Organizing Committee that runs the biennial meeting. Membership in these committees is invited and a membership list is provided.

Dr. Timothy Porch, BIC President
2200 P.A. Campos Ave., Suite 201
Mayaguez, P.R. 00680

Tele: (787) 831-3435 Ext. 254
FAX: (787) 831-3386
Email: timothy.porch@usda.gov