At IR-4, we are still diligently working to ensure growers have tools to successfully manage pest problems. Our collaborating network of institutions has individually mandated or strongly encouraged non-essential employees to work from home. Many others have been classified as essential and allowed to complete research as long as adequate social distancing is maintained. While some field locations are temporarily shuttered, administrative activities are continuing. We anticipate that some 2020 research experiments may be delayed or even compromised. Though we want to complete as much as possible, the personal safety of IR-4 team members is paramount.

IR-4 is actively tracking the status of our 2020 field research in the Food Program (residue trials, performance research and integrated solutions) and the Environmental Horticulture Program. Please view our Food Crop Tracking Spreadsheet to view current status in the food program. For the Environmental Horticulture Program, please visit Search the Database. If you have any questions or need additional information, please reach out to the IR-4 Regional Offices and IR-4 Headquarters.

Regional Contacts

NorthEast Region Marylee Ross
NorthCentral Region Anthony VanWoerkom
Southern Region Janine Spies
Western Region Michael Horak, Stephen Flanagan or Mika Tolson
USDA Agriculture Research Service Alvin Simmons

HQ Contacts

General Jerry Baron or Dan Kunkel
Food Program Residue Studies Debbie Carpenter
Food Program Product Performance Projects Van Starner
Food Program Integrated Solutions Dan Kunkel
Food Program Quality Assurance Tammy Barkalow
Environmental Horticulture Program Cristi Palmer
Biopesticide and Organic Support Program Michael Braverman

IR-4 Project Mission

The IR-4 Project aids growers by facilitating registrations of pesticides and biopesticides on specialty food crops (fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, spices) and environmental horticulture crops (trees, shrubs, flowers).

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