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.

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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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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 johnny.blackmon@agi.alabama.gov, 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 http://www.agi.alabama.gov/scbgp or contact Johnny Blackmon at 334/240-7257.

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