Industrial Hemp

2020 Alabama Hemp Program Update

With nearly 800 applications submitted for the 2020 Hemp Program the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) is adjusting the following deadlines:

 January 17, 2020 – ADAI will notify all applicants of approval.


All 2020 Grower and/or Processor/Handler Applicants must be registered BEFORE 5:00 pm January 31, 2020, for a one-day Mandatory Orientation meeting scheduled during the week of February 25-28, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Teague Arena, Garrett Coliseum, 1555 Federal Drive, Montgomery AL 36107.  The ADAI Hemp webpage will have the registration link available on January 18th. If you are bringing anyone with you, they must be registered at the same time that you register online. You can only register one other person to attend the meeting with you, as the primary contact/licensee. Registration is only online

 All 2020 University/College Affiliation Applicants must be registered BEFORE 5:00 pm January 31, 2020, for a one-day Mandatory Orientation Meeting scheduled for February 20, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Richard Beard Building Auditorium, AL Dept of Agriculture and Industries, 1445 Federal Drive, Montgomery AL 36107. You will be emailed registration information by February 1, 2020.

 January 31, 2020 –  PAYMENT OF $1,000 PER SITE FEE(S)  

ALL 2020 Applicants MUST HAVE THE SITE FEE(S) PAID IN FULL BEFORE 5:00 pm January 31, 2020 or they will not be issued a 2020 license, nor will they be able to attend the Mandatory Orientation Meeting in February – even if they are registered and show up.


ALL 2020 Applicants MUST have their signed Licensing Agreements emailed, uploaded, or mailed to AL Dept of Agriculture and Industries BEFORE 5:00 pm January 31, 2020.

 March 6, 2020 – Last date for conditionally-approved 2020 applicants to email or mail the required information/documents to ADAI.  Emails must be received by 5:00 pm on March 6, 2020 and mailed items must be postmarked on or before March 6, 2020.   Your conditional license is subject to revocation if your required information/documents are not received by March 6, 2020.  If your 2020 Grower License is revoked, you will not be refunded the $1,000 per site fee(s) you paid, and any hemp material in your possession at the time of revocation will be confiscated and destroyed.


This meeting is ONLY for applicants approved or conditionally approved to participate in the 2020 Hemp Program. If YOU have NOT been emailed approval/conditional approval for 2020, DO NOT REGISTER FOR THIS MEETING!


The applications are designed to provide sufficient instructions for completion by any individual who would be prepared to participate in the industrial hemp research pilot program. The applications include a broad understanding of the program, but applicants should read the  regulations for complete details.  The regulations can be found under “Resources” on the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) website industrial hemp program page.

Please make sure to fully review all application instructions and regulations prior to contacting hemp staff with questions.  All applicants for grower and processor permits, including university researchers, should fully understand the administrative regulations.

ADAI is not in the position to offer direct consultation on completing a license application or to educate individuals about the production of industrial hemp. 

All costs associated with the research are the responsibility of the license holder, including both profits and loss. There are no sources of funding from ADAI to cover any aspect of research projects. Potential applicants should understand that at the present time it is likely that they may suffer a loss on the industrial hemp crop. Limited production knowledge combined with an uncertain federal regulatory environment and unstable pricing creates significant risk for the participant. The focus of this program is the collection of research data and learning through experience.

Applicants should understand that there is an inherent risk associated with participation in a research program focusing on a new crop. The program participant bears sole responsibility for financial or other losses that may result from participation in ADAI’s industrial hemp research pilot program.  ADAI is not responsible for reimbursing or compensating program participants for any loss resulting from their involvement with ADAI’s program, and program participants waive any right to seek compensation for the value of such losses.