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.

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.

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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.


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.


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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Cattlemen's and Department host “BeefFest” TOMORROW & SUNDAY in celebration of October Beef Month

Oct 11, 2019


MONTGOMERY, Ala.— The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association (ACA), in partnership with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI), will host a BeefFest at the SweetCreek Farm Market October 12-13, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 In an effort to promote beef in the state and celebrate October Beef Month in Alabama, the event will host a beef chili cook-off on Saturday, October 12 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Samples will be available to event attendees as part of the People’s Choice category of contest judging. A coloring contest for children throughout the weekend will promote the new Sweet Grown Alabama program, where the kids will draw their favorite Sweet Grown Alabama product.

 As a member of the media, you have the opportunity to sample chili entires provided by hardworking contestants and join in on the fun games of the festival. All media are encouraged to attend this event and partake in the many activities available throughout the weekend. For more information on the chili cook-off, review the attached flyer or contact The Director of Education and Outreach Ali Cantrell at (334) 265-1867 or by emailing


The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association is a service based non-profit organization founded in 1944 and headquartered on Capitol Hill in Montgomery. Producer and member driven, the ACA’s mission is to enhance the business climate of the state’s beef cattle industry, promoting a positive image while educating consumers that beef is a safe, wholesome, nutritious and convenient food product. The Association has county chapters in all 67 counties and represents over 10,000 members statewide and serves as the qualified state beef council in Alabama.