IR-4 strives to benefit both large and small growers to produce a safe variety of fruits, vegetables and ornamentals without undue losses from pests that threaten to put them out of business; to effectively employ minor uses of pesticides, and biologically based pest control products in helping keep food and non-food costs at realistic levels for the public and to meet new demands by regulatory officials for additional research data for pesticides and biopesticides in or on food, feed and fiber, crops and ornamentals. Most crop protection products (fungicides, insecticides, herbicides, plant growth regulators and biopesticides), necessary tools in the integrated 'war' against destructive pests, are developed for large markets on major crops such as corn, soybean and cotton where the cost of discovery, development, registration and production can be offset by significant sales of the product. Due to the expensive process of bringing a new chemical crop protection product to market (in the US, the cost is in excess of $50 million dollars), the agriculture chemical industry often does not register their products on specialty crops (most vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs, nursery and flower crops) - the cost of necessary data is greater than any potential return on investment. IR-4 endeavors to provide domestic specialty crop growers the means to remain viable and competitive by facilitating the registration of crop protection products on specialty crops (IR-4 is the only publicly supported research program in the US to do so).
|Effective start/end date||7/15/10 → 7/14/13|
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA))