Industrial Hemp

2020 Alabama Hemp Program Update

 MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Hemp program launched in the beginning of 2019, after the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (i.e. Farm Bill) declassified hemp as a schedule 1 drug and deemed hemp as an agriculture commodity.  This legislation defines hemp as all parts of the plant containing less than 0.3% THC, including derivatives, extracts, and cannabinoids. 

The 2020 Hemp Application period ended 5:00 p.m. on November 14, 2019.  Currently, we have received over 600 grower applications and over 200 processor/handler applications for 2020.  If you’ve submitted an application online with payment before the deadline you should have received a payment confirmation.  When we review your application you will be notified by email that 1) we need additional information, or, 2) you have been approved (that email will include a link to the Licensing Agreement with instructions that applicants are required to follow in order to receive their license). 

 If you are emailed with a request for additional information, please respond with the information by emaildo not call with the information!

 ADAI will complete application reviews by December 31, 2019.  Please do not call ADAI asking for confirmation of application submission or about when your application will be reviewed/processed!




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.