This company is an agricultural firm that produces leading seed brands in large-acre crops, including corn, cotton, and oilseeds (soybeans and canola), as well as small-acre crops (vegetables). It also produces leading in-the-seed trait technologies (genetically engineered seeds) for farmers that are aimed at protecting their yield, supporting their on-farm efficiency and reducing their on-farm costs. In addition to its seeds and traits business, the company also manufactures the world's best-selling herbicide, Roundup®, and other herbicides which are used by farmers, consumers and lawn-and-garden professionals.The company was founded by John Francis Queeny in St. Louis, Missouri in 1901. It was incorporated as a subsidiary of Pharmacia in 2000, and then spun off as a separate company in 2002. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States, the company also operates in South America, Central America, Latin America, Australia, Europe, Asia, China, Russia and Africa.The company's business is integrated in two units: Seeds and Genomics, and Agricultural Productivity. The Seeds and Genomics segment consists of the company's global seeds and traits business, and genetic technology platforms (including biotechnology, breeding and genomics). The Agricultural Productivity segment consists mainly of crop protection products, residential lawn-and-garden herbicide products, and the company's animal agricultural businesses (including bovine growth hormone).With a workforce comprised of 17,000 people, the company applies innovation and technology to help farmers around the world produce healthier foods, better animal feeds and more fiber, while also reducing agriculture's impact on the environment. It remained committed to broadly licensing its seed and trait technologies to other companies throughout the world to ensure that farmers can access its products in the varieties.
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