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.

As a trusted partner with the specialty crop industry, the IR-4 Project is helping to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, ornamental plants and other crops while reducing waste caused by pest damage.

IR-4 is also playing a key role in the international harmonization of pest management standards, expanding markets for American-grown products on a global scale.

Our Programs

Our work is centered around the following two core programs:

Food Crops
Environmental Horticulture


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


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