Dow Agrociences began as the plant sciences business of The Dow Chemical Company, which was founded in 1897. A joint venture with Eli Lilly and Company in 1989 created DowElanco. With a focus on sustainable agriculture, DowElanco combined the leading chemistries of The Dow Chemical Company with those of the agricultural division of Eli Lilly. In 1997, The Dow Chemical Company acquired full ownership of the business and named the business Dow AgroSciences. With facailities all over the world and in many countries, the firm employs more than 8,000 people worldwide, and with 2012 global sales of $6.4 billion (U.S.) Dow Agrosciences provide a variety of products and services to meet the needs of our customers. Research undertaken with strategic partners is bringing breakthrough and sustainable solutions to the industry such as: Innovative hybrids and seed varieties; Crop-enhancing traits; Crop protection products; Post-harvest commodity protection; Vegetation management solutions; Residential pest control; Turf and Ornamental and Healthy Oils. By 2050, the worlds food production systems must support an estimated 9 billion people, with a shrinking base of agricultural land and limited water resources. Dow AgroSciences combines the power of science and technology with the human element to discover and develop innovative agricultural solutions for a more sustainable world. Focus is to increasing crop productivity through higher yields, better varieties, and more targeted pest management. The firm is developing innovative chemical and biotechnology solutions to meet the food, feed, and fiber needs of the world.