Our purpose


For over 50 years, Limagrain has been building cooperation to ensure the progress of agriculture for farmers both in its region of origin in France and around the world. 

We are proud of our dual nature, an agricultural cooperative and an international seed group, and we defend the vision of responsible progress.

As an agricultural cooperative owned by French farmers, Limagrain is developing production and agri-food chains that meet the needs of the family farm entrepreneurship of its region of origin, Limagne Val d’Allier. Limagrain contributes to the vitality and sustainable performance of the farms in this region and aims to make it an area of agricultural excellence.

As an international seed group, Limagrain provides farmers worldwide with innovative solutions based on plant genetics and which help agricultural production systems achieve better agronomic and environmental performance. Limagrain thereby helps farmers meet societal expectations with respect to food quality and the 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.