Hemp grower and processor/handler online applications are now available for the 2021 growing season on the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) website.
Applications will be accepted online from October 13 through November 30, 2020. These must be completed annually regardless of whether an application has been submitted and/or approved in previous years. Full applications, including all supporting documents, must be completed before the November 30 deadline to be considered for approval.
Applicants and any key participants of a partnership seeking a hemp license will still be required to submit a current background check within 60 days of application. This must be done through the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (334-353-4340). The background check application can be found here. Growers must submit these reports no later than 14 days after the November 30 deadline.
There are several changes for the 2021 growing season including the requirement of a farm number for the farm where hemp will be grown. Growers can obtain a farm number from their local FSA office. Other changes that will be implemented in 2021 can be found on the ADAI website.
Prior to completing the application, growers are urged to read all rules and regulations regarding hemp production and handling. ADAI does not offer assistance with completing applications and cannot offer guidance to individuals on production aspects of hemp.
Your local Extension office can provide you with the names of personnel that can assist you with hemp production questions.