Department Services during COVID-19 

As of May 1, 2020, the Department of Agriculture & Industries is back to normal work schedules and conducting business in compliance with the Governor’s updated directive.   The Governor and Commissioner Pate wish to emphasize that department staff should ensure precaution and reasonable safety standards are maintained during this time.
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When possible, we ask you contact us by phone or email (click here for a division email and phone list) rather than visiting in person.

The Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries is not issuing travel documents at this time.
As of April 3, 2020, the State of Alabama is not requiring an “essential travel form” being required for travel by food and agriculture workers.  However, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has developed an optional Access Letter Template for those that would like develop their own letter. Information regarding this template can be found here under the ALEA Access Letter Press Release section.
Please continue to follow the latest Emergency Order and the guidance from the Alabama Department of Public Health, listed in the Helpful Links section below.

Helpful Links 

To stay up to date on the latest guidance from the Alabama Dept. of Public Health and the Office of Governor Ivey, please click here.

To read the latest guidance from the US Dept. of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency regarding the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, please click here.



Consumers


Our consumer service activities protect consumers and businesses from unfair and unsafe business practices across a wide range of market sectors, including products and services for food, fuels and petroleum products, weighing and measuring devices, pesticides, and the full range of agricultural activities.

BUSINESS


The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries strives to promote agricultural products locally and throughout the globe. The Department strives to provide a favorable climate for agribusinesses and related industries to flourish. Through routine inspections and lab analysis we insure that all agribusinesses operate on a level playing field.

Producers


Through industry cooperation, the Department is committed to agriculture producers to assist with maintaining a favorable regulatory climate. Our mission is to help insure that Alabama agriculture producers continue to fuel our $70 billion agriculture economy and foster an environment that permits Alabama farmers to remain competitive.
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Department Accepting Applications for USDA Organic Cost-Share Reimbursement Program

Aug 23, 2019

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama growers and handlers of organic agricultural products can recover part of the cost associated with their USDA certification. The reimbursement covers 75% of certification costs, up to a maximum of $750.

The cost-share program makes it easier for certified organic businesses throughout the supply chain by recouping the costs associated with USDA organic certification.

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) will administer this non-competitive grant program by processing applications for cost share funds, and issuing reimbursements to eligible applicants.

“Farmers who choose to become a USDA certified organic operation have additional expenses upfront to make the transition. We hope our farmers will participate in the program so we can help them add value to their products,” said Commissioner Rick Pate.

ADAI distributes funds on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. The rebates are available to cover certification expenses paid for the period of October 1, 2018, to September 30, 2019.

Application forms and additional details can be obtained by calling Johnny Blackmon with the ADAI at 334/240-7257 or by email at Johnny.Blackmon@agi.alabama.gov. Applicants may also apply at local USDA Farm Service Agency offices. To locate the office nearest you search https://offices.usda.gov/.

 All applications must be submitted by December 31, 2019.

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