- A Cooperative and a Group
- Working for agricultural progress
- Acting responsibly
For over 50 years, Limagrain has been building cooperation to ensure the progress of agriculture for farmers both in its region of origin and worldwide. The company is proud of its dual nature as an agricultural cooperative and an international seed group.
As an agricultural cooperative owned by French farmers, Limagrain is committed to developing production and integrated chains that meet the needs of the family farm entrepreneurship of its region of origin, Limagne Val d’Allier. Limagrain contributes to the strength and sustainable performance of farms in Limagne Val d’Allier, aiming to create a region of agricultural excellence through a drive for collective innovation involving both farmers from the cooperative and employees.
As an international seed group, Limagrain provides farmers worldwide with innovative solutions based on plant genetics, which help agricultural production systems achieve better agronomic and environmental performance. Limagrain thereby helps farmers meet societal expectations with respect to food quality and preservation of the planet.
Focusing on its expertise in seeds and plant improvement, Limagrain meets these challenges through genetic progress. In this way, it ensures farmers remain independent and have freedom of choice regarding other production factors. Guided by its cooperative roots, placing people at its core, Limagrain cultivates respect for the culture, people and freedom of choice in each of the areas in which it operates. Limagrain also aims to demonstrate an attractive model, based on respect for individuals to further social progress for everyone.
Who could have imagined, in 1965, that a handful of bold farmers, the heads of small family holdings in Limagne Val d’Allier, would give birth to Limagrain? This is the incredible story of our Cooperative and Group. An adventure built on progress, perseverance, and cooperation.
We are proud of these roots and our dual nature as a French agricultural cooperative and an international seed group. Deeply attached to our region, we are committed every day to working so that farmer members of the cooperative, as well as those throughout the world, are free to practice and earn a living from their profession.
Accomplishing this mission requires cooperation. Cooperating makes it easier to achieve success than just by working alone. This is what guides our actions, day after day. Because we know that dialog and a collective innovation approach enable us to meet the challenge that unites us: contributing to the progress of agriculture everywhere, for everyone.
This cooperative spirit, and this development made up of men and women, farmers and employees, who fully know the world of agriculture and its reality, set us apart from agro-chemical seed companies and makes us unique. By offering the best of genetic progress while also guaranteeing that farmers have the freedom of choice in their other factors of production, we preserve farmers’ independence and we preserve Limagrain's independence.
Because I am convinced of this fact: there can be no sustainable agriculture without farmers that endure for the long term.
To serve all types of agriculture, taking into account its diversity, and to help meet food needs in terms of nutrition, health, and consumption patterns: this is Limagrain’s twofold ambition. To put this into practice, we depend on 3 strategic levers: internationalizing our activities in close proximity with markets, investing in research in a sustained and continuous way, and developing cooperation internally and externally in all areas.
Our roots are local and our operations are global: this is not a contradiction. The diversity of agriculture and food habits across the planet requires a range of responses. This is why we have developed a decentralized organization for our activities, in close proximity with markets. This organization encourages respect for local conditions and does not exclude but instead combines agricultural models. And this proximity comes from our unique characteristic: with Limagrain, it is farmers speaking with farmers!
Meeting the needs of regions and populations means offering them the best possible innovations and is the reason why research and science are at the heart of our business. Limagrain is an expert in leading-edge technology, especially in the area of plant breeding: this also gives us certain responsibilities with regard to science.
In research, as in other areas, our openness to partnerships is a natural offshoot of the value of Cooperation that drives us. Limagrain knows, based on its history and nature, that partnerships are a source of openness, vitality, and innovation.
By being faithful to these 3 key areas of our strategy, we have built a solid group, proud of its values, a player in the economic and agricultural development in its regions of origin. First and foremost, and this is most dear to me, we are a group that puts people and human progress at the core of its priorities.