Department Services during COVID-19 

The Department of Agriculture & Industries is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our employees and customers as we do our part to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to provide exceptional customer service. 


Due to the Administrative Guidance issued by Governor Kay Ivey, many of our office staff will be working remotely and we are taking this step to limit the spread of the virus. The Richard Beard Building and Diagnostic Labs in Auburn, Elba, Boaz and Hanceville will remain open. 

We are prepared to continue business operations with minimal disruption, and to continue to ensure a safe and secure food supply. 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.

We appreciate your patience!


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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USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Applications Being Accepted

Mar 12, 2020

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) is accepting grant applications for projects that enhance the competitiveness of U.S. specialty crops in foreign and domestic markets. The application deadline for these specialty crop block grants through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is Monday, April 27, 2020, 5 p.m. CST.

Specialty crops are defined by USDA as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, horticulture (including maple syrup and honey) and nursery crops (including floriculture).

Commodity groups, agricultural organizations, colleges and universities, municipalities, state agencies and agricultural nonprofits are all eligible for this grant program, provided their proposals meet all the program specifications. ADAI and a review committee of industry representatives will make application evaluation reviews and award recommendations to USDA. USDA has final approval for projects submitted.

The specialty crop block grant is a competitive grant process. The minimum amount awarded is $5,000.00. The maximum award to commodity groups, agriculture organizations, municipalities and agriculture nonprofits applicants is $25,000; the maximum amount for colleges and universities is $40,000.00

“Specialty crops play a significant role in Alabama Agriculture by meeting marketplace demand for locally grown products,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries Rick Pate. “The department looks forward to implementing the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and anticipates continued success.”

A conference call will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2020, regarding the writing, processing and submittal of the specialty crop block grant. Please contact Johnny Blackmon at 334/240-7257 or by email at, to RSVP and obtain the conference connection code. All prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in the conference call.

Projects cannot begin until official agreements are signed, which is expected in October 2020.

For more detailed information, please visit or contact Johnny Blackmon at 334/240-7257.