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.

Registration is Open

IR-4 Project Research Symposium
April 9, 2024

Learn more about our pest management research on food crops in this annual symposium led by IR-4 biologists. View the event page to register.

Learn More About IR-4

Discover what we do—and why it matters—as we commemorate IR-4’s 60th year serving the specialty crop community.

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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