The mission of the IR-4 Project is to facilitate registration of sustainable pest management
technology for specialty crops and minor uses. Since 1963, the IR-4 Project has been the primary resource
in the United States for facilitating registration of conventional pesticides and biopesticides on
specialty food crops (fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, spices) and non-food ornamental horticulture
crops (greenhouse, nursery, landscape plants, and Christmas trees). IR-4 serves as an intermediary between
the crop protection industry, specialty crop growers and EPA.
IR-4 activities benefit growers by allowing them to have effective pest management tools that enable them
to produce high quality food and ornamental horticulture crops. This in turn benefits the general public
who have ample food and ornamental horticulture crops available at reasonable prices. Specialty food crops
provide essential nutrition for a balanced diet, while ornamental horticulture crops enrich the environment
and improve the quality of life.
IR-4ís newest initiative, the Public Health Pesticide Program, also benefits the general public by providing
regulatory support for the development of pest control agents on arthropod pests that transmit diseases and
threaten human health.
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