Pest Management Solutions for Specialty Crops and Specialty Uses

About the IR-4 Project

The IR-4 Project helps specialty crop growers address pest management concerns so they can produce healthy fruits, vegetables, herbs, and other crops recommended for a healthy diet; as well as flowers, shrubs, and landscape plants that enhance our environment.

The crop protection industry focuses their efforts on major crops, leaving specialty crop growers with fewer tools for effectively managing pests. The IR-4 Project develops data necessary for the registration of safe and effective pest management solutions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. IR-4 also supports the registration of specialty uses on major crops, such as corn, soybeans, and cotton.

Upcoming Events

2024 Industry Technology Session

Learn about products in IR-4 research as well as emerging technologies in this virtual event on July 18, 2024.

2024 Food Use Workshop

Join us for the Food Use Workshop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (or virtually) September 10-12, 2024.

2024 Research Synposium

IR-4's 2024 Research Symposium took place virtually on April 9. Recorded presentations are now available!

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Learn More About IR-4

Learn about IR-4’s impacts and how land-grant researchers in our community envision the next 60 years.

Our Programs

Our work is centered around the following two core programs:


Our research is locally based to help growers with their unique pest management needs.


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