Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center
University of California
Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center

The KARE IR-4 Field Research Center

What is the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension IR-4 Field Research Center Program?

Part of the Western Region IR-4 Program, which

o   Is part of the national IR-4 Specialty Crops Project funded by USDA NIFA and headquartered at Rutgers University, New Jersey providing safe & effective pest management solutions for specialty crop growers. The Western Region IR-4 is housed in the Environmental Toxicology Department at the University of California, Davis.

o   Represents crop protection needs for 13 Western States: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY, & The Pacific Island Territories

o   Has field, laboratory and quality assurance units based at UC Davis

o   Is federally funded by USDA NIFA grants

A program based at Kearney that annually conducts up to 50 IR-4 field trials on food use crops

o   The largest IR-4 field research center in the country

o   Mimics commercial practices for research on:

  • Diverse field, row, tree and vine crops
  • Greenhouse crops
  • Mushrooms
  • Postharvest commodities, for example, avocados, oranges, lemons, kiwifruit, peaches, cherries, figs, pomegranates, almonds, pecans

o   Conducts research at

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