| Research or Extension leader(s):
DeFrancesco, Joe, Horticulture, North Willamette Research & Ext Cntr
Gina Koskela, senior faculty research assistant and
Bob McReynolds, (former Center coordinator), associate professor; both are at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center.
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Oregon produces about 70 horticultural specialty crops, having a combined farm-gate value of more than $3 billion, which accounts for about 65% of Oregon’s total agricultural commodity sales (OSU, Oregon Agricultural Information Network, 2007). Horticultural specialty crops include most fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, nursery crops, ornamental crops, and seed crops. Specialty food crops, excluding animal products, have a farm-gate value of about $1 billion. Pest-management options are limited for growers of these crops due to (1) the 1996 federal Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) and (2) the fact that economic return to private agrochemical companies for manufacturing and registering pest control products for minor or specialty crops are not sufficiently attractive for them to want to undertake the needed research. As a result, public support is needed. Therefore, much of the research to identify safe and effective pest management strategies, along with the field trials required to test them on crops, is conducted by university personnel.
In Oregon, as in many other states, growers, grower groups, field representatives, and commodity commissions often work independently with agrochemical manufacturers, state agencies, IR-4 (USDA's Interregional Research Project No. 4), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to maintain existing registrations of pest control products and obtain new registrations. To do so, they must navigate among the various agencies, provide all the required information, and monitor the registration progress of a desired product. This Center was established in 1995 to help with this process and to expedite the registration of pest management products for minor crops.
The Center develops the performance data (efficacy and phtytotoxicity) to support grower requests to the IR-4 Project and monitors the progress of the requests. The Center conducts magnitude of residue field studies to determine whether an active ingredient meets EPA standards for food products. It also prepares Section 18 (emergency registrations) and Section 24c (special local need or state registration) requests to submit to the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
The Center to Expedite Specialty Crop Registrations is located at OSU’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center, Aurora, Oregon. Please see "additional information" for the process the Center uses to expedite minor crop registrations for Oregon commodity groups.
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