Specialty crops/specialty use producers, food processors and consumers depend on NRSP-4 as the program that delivers registration of pest technology to allow farmers to safely manage the numerous pests that continually threaten plant health. In order to accomplish its mission, the NRSP-4 engages specialty crop pest management scientists within SAES, USDA and commodity organizations. In every state, NRSP-4 has at least one scientist associated with the SAES to articulate needs and priorities from that respective state as the official IR-4 State Liaison Representative (SLR).The need for the services offered by the NRSP-4 program remains in high demand. In fact, the specialty crop/specialty use pest management challenges and the associated need for NRSP-4 are greater today. Some of the drivers of the continued and increased need for NRSP-4 include:U.S. EPA, continues to reassess the data associated with specific conventional chemical pesticides and biopesticides to ensure they meet current safety standards. Cancellations or use restrictions of important uses of conventional chemical pesticides and biopesticides will continue to occur for a variety of reasons including cumulative risk, aggregate risk, potential for endocrine disruption, and effects on endangered species or their habitat.Many are concerned about the potential impact of conventional chemical pesticides and biopesticides in the health and sustainability of pollinators.It is anticipated that some existing registrations will be cancelled or modified to reduce hazard.Appearance of new, hard to manage invasive pests such as Citrus Greening, Spotted Wing Drosophila, Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, etc continues to become common.New technology are needed to manage these new problems and difficult problems.Pest resistance to pesticides - Numerous pesticides are no longer controlling their target pest due to evolution of the pest to avoid the toxic effects of the pesticide.Pest management needs associated with Introduction of New CropsSecond generation Biofuels (e.g. Miscanthus, Switchgrass, Agave)Sweeteners (e.g. Stevia)Ethnic CropsSpecialty Crop producers want access to lucrative international markets.However, differences in allowable Maximum Residue Levels established in the U.S. and international trading partners can be different.NRSP-4's data and harmonization efforts can remove pesticide residues in specialty crops as a barrier of trade.
|Effective start/end date||12/17/15 → 9/30/20|