Everything that we do has farmers at the heart of it. We are a company created and owned by farmers and Limagrain Field Seeds exists to supply farmers with the best genetics so they can be as successful and sustainably profitable as possible growing the crops the markets request.
The story of Limagrain is truly inspiring, how a group of relatively small farmers in Limagne Val d’Allier (centre of France) cooperated to create the world’s 4th largest seed company. The farmer shareholders of Limagrain have a daily proximity to all levels of our business and are genuine leaders with a long-term vision.
Limagrain Field Seeds is unique among global seed companies to have this model of farmer ownership and leadership and it is something, for which we are incredibly proud and that we want to highlight as a key factor of differentiation.
No farmer grows only one crop and no global seed business can be successful with a single crop. Limagrain Field Seeds focus is for a portfolio of multi-crops, which correspond to the needs of farmers in all continents.
We have 4 strategic crops: Corn, Wheat, Sunflower, and Oilseed Rape. Corn and Wheat are both global crops and we consider them to be part of our identity, because they serve as the base for the activities of our Cooperative farmer members. In addition, we have a portfolio of tactical crops adapted to each region: Barley, Soybean, Millet, Rice, and Pulses.
The ambition of Limagrain Field Seeds is to provide farmers with the best genetics wherever they are, whether they be large or small. Today, through Perseverance, Limagrain Field Seeds has a global presence, composed of 6 Business Units covering 6 continents with subsidiaries in over 40 countries and sales in 80 countries.
Cooperation is in our DNA. By working in partnerships based on respect and common values, Limagrain Field Seeds has been able to achieve our global ambitions through the creation multiple partnerships across all continents, via our 13 joint ventures in Europe, the USA and Canada, Africa, China and Australia. These partnerships cover both business and research activities.
In 2020, Limagrain created 2 new joint ventures in the continent of Africa with our strategic partner Seed Co.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Limagrain Field Seeds has new leadership in Research for Cereals and Pulses. Following the retirement of Pascal Flament in June, Dr Jason Reinheimer is the new Global Head of Research for Cereals and Pulses and based in Chappes, France.
Jason was previously Head of Cereals Research in North America for Limagrain Field Seeds. He began his career in his native Australia with AGT (Australian Grain Technologies), where he spent 11 years as a senior breeder, before moving to Saskatoon, Canada in 2016. Jason has been building successful breeding programs at Limagrain Cereals Research Canada, as well as managing the Limagrain Cereal Seeds research activities in the USA.
“I’m extremely happy to be coming into this position at a time when we have so many great opportunities in front of us to be the global leader for Cereals and Pulses. Using science and technology, with a sharp focus on delivering products, better and faster, than our competitors is what motivates me. I look forward to applying this approach with our research teams and other functions so we can take the business further”.
Dr Andrea Varella, has been promoted to Head of Research for Cereals and Pulses in North America.
Andrea has moved to her new role from her previous position of Senior Wheat Breeder/Program Manager of Limagrain’s spring wheat breeding program in North America, based in Saskatoon, Canada. After studying genetics at São Paulo State University in her native country Brazil, Andrea was first exposed to wheat breeding whilst completing her PhD at Montana State University in the USA, where she later worked as a post-doc. Since joining Limagrain as a wheat breeder, Andrea has played a leading role in the development and implementation of novel breeding support systems to benefit cereal breeders across the organization. “Andrea’s collaborative style of leadership and strong focus on team development will help to support the research teams in further implementing and integrating the latest available breeding systems, tools and technologies for commercial product development”, commented Fermin Azanza, Global Head of Research with Limagrain Field Seeds.
“It is an exciting time to be working in cereals and pulses in North America and I am very happy to be supporting the research activities in my new role. The North American research team have worked really hard to evolve our cereals activities and develop some great products, and now we have another great opportunity to extend our expertise to pea and lentil breeding. We are always looking for ways to take the breeding programs and teams to another level and I am looking forward to helping facilitate our continued growth.”
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Limagrain is an agricultural cooperative owned by nearly 1,500 farmers located in Limagne Val d’Allier (in the center of France), and an international seed group present in 57 countries with more than 9,000 employees. The Group breeds, produces and distributes field seeds, vegetable seeds and agri-food products. Focused on the genetic progress of plants, it is driven by its purpose: cooperating for the progress of agriculture everywhere, for everyone. As the fourth largest seed company worldwide, Limagrain, with well-known brands on their markets such as LG, Vilmorin, Hazera, Harris Moran, Jacquet and Brossard, makes 1,909 million euros in sales, to which is added 642 million euros made jointly with its strategic partners. www.limagrain.com
Limagrain Field Seeds, with its international multi-crop LG brand is the global Feld Seeds division of Group Limagrain. Limagrain Field Seeds is composed of 6 Business Units covering 6 continents with subsidiaries in over 40 countries and sales in 80 countries. Limagrain Field Seeds supplies LG branded seeds of Maize, Wheat, Sunflower, Winter Rape and other regional crops to all farmers large or small. A strong commitment to progress through technology ensures that plant variety improvements arrive continually from 84 research sites and are adapted for maximum local performance.