History Of The Agricultural Center Limburgerhof

At BASF we have been supporting food production and farmers for more than 100 years

One of the most important innovations of the 20th century was the large-scale implementation of ammonia synthesis, which enabled the production of mineral fertilizers. This marked the starting point in 1914 for BASF’s operations in Limburgerhof, which has been part of the Ludwigshafen site ever since. 

We are proud of our pioneers, like Carl Bosch and Fritz Haber who invented the ammonia synthesis to produce synthetic fertilizers – the basis for modern agriculture. Mineral fertilizers still increase agricultural yields and play a major role in producing more food to meet the needs of the world’s rapidly growing population.

We have come a long way from our beginnings in agriculture. Much has changed since 1914 – the Agricultural Center has become BASF’s worldwide center of expertise for solutions  for farmers. A look at the history of the Agricultural Center Limburgerhof shows how the needs of farmers have changed and how BASF has helped shape this transformation. Groundbreaking products and solutions as well as the growth of global markets form this history as do crises and setbacks. But again and again, the company has transformed ideas and approaches into market-ready solutions. The history of the Agricultural Center Limburgerhof highlights one of BASF’s key strengths: managing challenges and working together to find new solutions . 

Explore the milestones of our history!

BASF in agriculture – finding the right balance for success! 
For farmers, agriculture and future generations.


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