Jerry J. Baron is the Executive Director of the IR-4 Project, a cooperative program in the United States of the state agricultural experimental stations, US Department and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the IR-4 Project with an operation budget of approximately $18 million US dollars and 120 full time scientists.
In 1998, Jerry co-authored the second edition of Food and Feed Crops of the United States along with G.M. Markle and B.A. Schneider. This book is the framework of the crop grouping in North America. He has authored nearly one hundred peer reviewed journal articles and several book chapters.
Jerry received his Ph.D. in Horticulture with emphasis on weed management from North Carolina State University and earned his M.S. and B.S. degrees from The Ohio State University with focus on Horticulture and Pest Management.
He is married and father of three young adults. He is also a competitive runner and certified running coach who has completed 45 full marathons. Other hobbies include soccer referee and gardening.