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.
Alabama Agricultural Relief Program  
The Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2019 (Pub. L. 116-20), as amended by the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (Pub. L. 116-94), provided funds for necessary expenses related to losses of crops, trees, bushes, and vines related to the consequences of Hurricane Michael in 2018. The United States Department of Agriculture – Farm Service Agency agreed to grant $14.9 Million to the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries. The eligible affected areas, per USDA, must be in a Hurricane Michael USDA Disaster Declared AL County, which is Barbour, Bullock, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Pike, Montgomery, and Russell.


Applicants will need to go to register as a vendor in STAARS. You will need to complete the vendor registration process before you apply for the grant as you will include your approved vendor number on your application. Please allow at least 2-weeks once your vendor registration is entered for it to be approved. ADAI encourages you not to begin your application until your vendor is approved. The following link is where you will start the process;  STAARS Registration CLICK HERE . Please read through the following STAARS help guides before registration;
Vendor Self Service Guide
Vendor Self Portal Activation Registration (Step by Step Guide)
If you encounter problems, please contact the STAARS Support hotline at 334-353-9000.


For help on filling out your W-9, please click on the following link;  How to fill out a W-9.

For an overview of the Alabama Agriculture Relief Program Fact Sheet, please click on the following link;  AARP Overview Fact Sheet.

To view the entire  Alabama Agriculture Relief Program Statement of Work CLICK HERE 


Below is a summary of the active programs:

* Before applications are made available, producers interested in applying are strongly encouraged to read the information below to learn program details. ADAI will host an in-person education and outreach session Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 6:00 pm at the Headland High School gymnasium.

  1. Beef Cattle Losses Program -  The State will issue payments to eligible livestock owners, specifically for beef cattle losses due to Hurricane Michael. There are two formulas for capturing offspring losses resulting from the hurricane impacts and they include conception rate reductions that resulted in the stress placed on beef cattle and mortality losses of the breeding herd. Conception losses will be determined based on the breeding age females in the beef cattle herd at the time of Hurricane Michael.

  2. Beef Cattle Losses - ON-LINE Application (Online Only) Application period April 26, 2021 - June 25, 2021
    Beef Cattle Losses Eligibility Requirements

  3. Horticulture Crops Losses Program (including bare-ground) -  The State will issue payments to eligible producers for horticulture crop practice losses due to Hurricane Michael. To be eligible, a producer must show a minimum of 15 percent crop loss as a result of Hurricane Michael to qualify for the practice reimbursement on those acres damaged.

  4. Horticulture Crops Losses (including bare-ground) - ON-LINE Application (Online Only) Application period April 26, 2021 - June 25, 2021
    Horticulture Crops Losses Eligibility Requirements

  5. Pecan Production Losses Program -  The State will issue payments to eligible producers for pecan losses due to Hurricane Michael. Pecan trees were severely impacted by Hurricane Michael, which damaged or destroyed pecan trees, requiring removal and replanting of trees. As a result, producers will have decreased production over several years waiting for newly planted pecan trees to reach full production. Producers are eligible to receive a payment for variable rate of lost production. To be eligible, a producer must show a minimum of 15 percent production loss as a result of Hurricane Michael to qualify for the production loss payment.

  6. Pecan Production Losses - ON-LINE Application (Online Only) Application period April 26, 2021 - June 25, 2021
    Pecan Production Losses Eligibility Requirements

  7. Poultry Losses Program -  The State will issue payments to eligible producers for poultry house damage and losses due to Hurricane Michael. Eligibility is limited to poultry houses that had poultry present at the time of the hurricane and such poultry must have suffered a 15 percent death loss because of Hurricane Michael to qualify for payment.

  8. Poultry Losses - ON-LINE Application (Online Only) Application period April 26, 2021 - June 25, 2021
    Poultry Losses Eligibility Requirements

  9. Uninsured Infrastructure Losses Program -  The State will issue payments to eligible producers for uninsured infrastructure losses due to Hurricane Michael. Eligibility is limited to those structures that had commodities present at the time of the hurricane that suffered losses due to the hurricane (ex. Hay barn, grain bin, commodity barn, packing house, etc.). This does not include equipment buildings, repair shops, etc. For a producer to qualify, they must be able to show a 15 percent production loss of a commodity housed inside the farming infrastructure because of the hurricane.

  10. Uninsured Infrastructure Losses - ON-LINE Application (Online Only) Application period April 26, 2021 - June 25, 2021
    Uninsured Infrastructure Losses Eligibility Requirements

  11. Uninsured Infrastructure Irrigation Losses Program -  The State will issue payments to eligible producers for uninsured infrastructure irrigation losses due to Hurricane Michael. Irrigation structures are eligible for reimbursement but is limited to only the structure above ground level and excludes generators, pumps, and wells.

  12. Uninsured Infrastructure Irrigation Losses - ON-LINE Application (Online Only) Application period April 26, 2021 - June 25, 2021
    Uninsured Infrastructure Irrigation Losses Eligibility Requirements


Ag & Industries News

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Comm. Rick Pate thanks ADAI Team who facilitated U.S. Sec. of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s visit to Baldwin Co.

Oct 09, 2020

Commissioner Rick Pate would like to recognize the ADAI Team who was instrumental in making U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s visit to Baldwin County a success. This visit, prompted by Hurricane Sally, included two farm tours and a round table discussion with local agricultural businesses. The hard work and dedication of the ADAI staff lead to an overall successful event.

“I cannot thank my staff enough for their hard work to make this event happen. The Secretary visit went according to plan and our staff deserves all the credit,” said Commissioner Pate. “I have often said, some of the things I do for farmers goes unacknowledged, and others time I received too much credit from the hard work of others. This was one of those times.”

Commissioner Pate and the staff toured an additional five farms, independently from the Secretary’s visit, who suffered damage from Hurricane Sally.


Back row, from left to right: Dr. Tony Frazier, Caleb Conner, Scott Absher, Bob Plaster & Hassey Brooks.
Front row, from left to right: Laura Jean McCurdy, Amy Belcher, Anna Beth Harris & Tami Culver.