It’s easy to feel dwarfed by the sheer size of BASF. Driving past BASF’s enormous chemical facility in Ludwigshafen, Germany, one can truly appreciate the immense size of the company. Here, BASF employs more than 33,000 of its overall workforce of more than 110,000.

BASF is the largest diversified chemical company in the world. The company develops and markets products that reach into just about every aspect of consumer life. On the company’s website, it lists 25 industries in which it provides products.

The company’s footprint in agriculture is significant. BASF is a well-known brand in the agricultural herbicide, insecticide and fungicide markets. The company’s agricultural division, headquartered in Limburgerhof, Germany, has approximately 1,600 employees.

BASF was founded in 1865 and is most noted in the early years for the development of synthetic dyes, sodium carbonate and sulfuric acid. The company’s agricultural headquarters has historical significance, for it was there, in 1913, that BASF scientists first developed an industrial process to fix atmospheric nitrogen and produce synthetic ammonia. That paved the way for BASF’s foray into mineral fertilizers and, consequently, into agriculture.

Today’s agricultural chemical products are a long way from the initial beginnings. At Limburgerhof, the company works to expand its agricultural chemical portfolio. Its research staff works to not only develop new active ingredients, but to ensure current active ingredients are used to their fullest potential.