The IR-4 Project was established in 1963 by U.S. Department of Agriculture and the State Land Grant Universities to help farmers of fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, ornamentals and other specialty crops gain legal access to safe and effective pest management products. The IR-4 Project develops required data and facilitates the registrations of chemical pesticides as well as biopesticides with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. IR-4's efforts with biopesticides involve regulatory support and data development. With regulatory support, IR-4 serves as a consultant, helping public sector scientists and small business achieve registrations with new products/new uses. IR-4 also coordinates biopesticide product performance research. Since 2015, data development has focused on priority needs for biopesticides in fruit crops, vegetable crops, ornamental crops, organic markets, as well as the use of biopesticides to mitigate residues of chemical pesticides. IR-4 expects that the demand for biopesticide use in specialty crops will continue to increase as well as the demand for IR-4 services.