The mission of the IR-4 Project is to facilitate regulatory approval of sustainable pest management technology for specialty crops and specialty uses to promote public well-being.
Since 1963, the IR-4 Project has been the primary resource for facilitating registrations of conventional chemical pesticides and biopesticides for specialty crops and other minor uses (specialty uses) in the United States. Using its unique ability to partner with government, industry and growers, IR-4 develops required data to support the registration of pest management products.
IR-4’s commitment and service to the producers of fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamentals and specialty uses is unsurpassed; the Project’s research efforts have yielded over 45,000 use registrations in the past 50 plus years.
The IR-4 Project is committed to remain relevant to its stakeholders. Through advisory boards, workshops and strategic planning, new programs and initiatives have been added to assist specialty crop growers with their pest management needs.
The IR-4 Project aspires to remain a responsive and efficient organization that supports the farmer/growers, food processors and consumers of specialty crops/specialty uses by facilitating U.S. regulatory approval and international acceptance of chemical and biologically-based pest management technologies.
This allows producers and food processors to provide a consistent supply of nutritious foods, essential to good health, as well as aid in the production of ornamental horticulture crops that enhance the environment. IR-4 activities also assist in agriculture profitability.
The IR-4 Project effectively and efficiently assists with obtaining regulatory approvals for small market uses of pest management technology, such as specialty uses of pesticide products on major crops (corn, soybean, cotton, grains). Other specialty uses include the management of invasive species, approval of biotechnology for specialty crops and use of pest management technology to manage arthropod pests that pose a public health risk.