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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USDA to Host Webinar for Producers Interested in Applying for Direct Payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

May 12, 2020

Washinton, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced today that they will host a webinar on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 12:00 pm CDT, for farmers, ranchers and other producers interested in applying for direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

As part of President Trump and Secretary Perdue’s April 17 announcement of a $19 billion Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program, USDA will provide $16 billion in direct support based on losses for agricultural producers where prices and market supply chains have been impacted. Also, USDA will assist eligible producers facing additional adjustment and marketing costs resulting from lost demand and short-term oversupply for the 2020 marketing year caused by COVID-19.

USDA is hosting this webinar to share what information is needed to apply for direct payments through CFAP, once the application period begins.The webinar is an opportunity for producers to learn about the general application process and required documentation prior to the official beginning of signup. Producers who are new to participating in FSA programs are especially encouraged to join the webinar. 

Producers interested in participating may register in advance.

Register in Advance

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Participants are encouraged to submit questions through the Q&A box or by emailing CFAP.webinars@usda.gov. While questions will not be answered live during the webinar, they will be posted at farmers.gov/CFAP along with a recording of the webinar and other CFAP information. More details about CFAP direct payments will be announced soon.
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