IR-4 data has given growers the tools to grow the crops (fruit and vegetable) that are being highly promoted as beneficial to public health through the USDA Food Pyramid. By providing growers with these tools, they can safely and effectively protect their crops from pests thus allowing them to make their crops available at affordable prices to the American consumer. Specialty Crops are high value / low acreage crops and make up about 46% of U.S. agricultural production and $43 billion in sales. Twenty-six states derive more than 50% of agricultural crop sales from specialty crops and thirty-three states derive more than 40% of their agricultural crop sales from specialty crops. US Specialty Crop Growers produce most of the vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs, spices, floral, nursery, landscape, turf, and Christmas trees for the American consumer. If these growers do not have safe and effective pest management tools, their crops and businesses will not survive and the American consumer will suffer. Even though these are high value crops, they are low acreage. Therefore agrichemical companies have little incentive to register their products for these crops. IR-4 fills the void for these growers and, since 1963, the IR-4 Project has cooperated with researchers, producers, the agrichemical industry and federal and state agencies to secure regulatory clearances that allow agrichemical companies to achieve registrations for pest management products on specialty crops.
|Effective start/end date||10/1/10 → 9/30/15|
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA))