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Virginia Specialty Crops at Risk Program (SCARP)

We are actively involved in the collection, analysis, reporting, and distribution of data on the use of pesticides in Virginia. We focus most of our efforts on establishing the importance of various pest management strategies to Virginia agriculture. We are actively developing crop pest management profiles, pest management strategic plans, and IPM Elements documents to support the continued availability of viable pest management tools for agriculture and specialty uses.


SCARP is funded by the Southern IPM Center and supports the USDA - Office of Pest Management Policy. A previous name for the program was Virginia Pest Management Information Program and it was originally part of the National Agricultural Pesticide Impact Assessment Program (PIAP) established in 1977 to collect pesticide benefit use data for EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs. PIAP was a joint effort of USDA and the state Land-Grant University - Agricultural Experiment Stations and Cooperative Extension Services.


Virginia Crop Pest Management Profiles

Virginia and other states are developing crop profiles to help the USDA and the EPA maintain important pest management tools as their registrations are challenged by the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA).

This effort is extremely important to agriculture and to pesticide regulators to make sure the decisions associated with the FQPA are sound. It is very important that decision makers have the information available to take into account the potential impacts of their decisions on agricultural profitability, on the effective control of pests and diseases, and on our overall food and fiber supply. At the same time these decisions must be based on protecting our health and the health of our children from the potential adverse effects of hazardous pesticides. Most of the files linked below are in PDF format.


Fruits and Vegetables






Field Crops


Ornamentals and Turf


(These do not comply with USDA standards for crop pest management profiles.)


PLEASE NOTE: Although crop profiles are publicly available, these publications are NOT designed as pest management recommendations or do they target growers directly. The intended audience (readers) for these publications are pesticide regulators and pest management specialists involved in the decision-making process associated with the maintenance of viable pest management strategies for economically important agricultural crops and commodities.

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