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.

2024 Annual BIC Research Reports due March 1, 2024

BIC Meeting 2023

The 2023 BIC biennial meeting was successfully hosted by NAPIA and Clemson University from Nov. 6-8, 2023 in Greenville, South Carolina.


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