Industrial Hemp


When sending emails to ADAI regarding hemp, be sure to provide your Company Name, Applicant Name, Contact Name, and License Number, and send the email to


The person designated as the contact on your application is the only person who should be communicating with ADAI about your registration or license.

The 2020 Hemp Program Registration period for Growers, Processors/Handlers, and Universities will run from September 23rd through October 31st, 2019. All applications must be post marked no later than October 31, 2019. You must submit a Criminal Background Check report along with your application (or submit it no later than 14 calendar days after October 31st) and the $200 non-refundable application fee. Make the check payable to ADAI or AL Dept of Agriculture & Industries. If you do not submit the required Criminal Background report, check, or fully complete the application, your submitted documents will be returned to you, and could delay or prevent your application being approved.

 Applications will be on the website on September 23, 2019.

ALL 2020 CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS SHOULD BE OBTAINED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 23 – OCTOBER 31, 2019 [Background Reports requested from ALEA later in October have to be submitted to ADAI no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 14, 2019]

 If you have been a resident of the state of Alabama for five (5) years or more, please follow the In-State Criminal Background document.

 If you have been a resident of the state of Alabama for less than 5 years, please follow the Out-of-State Criminal Background document for the state you previously resided in.

 If you are currently a resident in another state, please follow the Out-of-State Criminal Background document for the state you reside in.




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.