Alabama’s Department of Agriculture and Industries recently approved 180 applications to grow hemp in Alabama.
On Thursday the ADAI released information on those applicants.
- 152 growers
- 59 processors
- 5 universities
All are licensed to legally grow, cultivate, process, and research industrial hemp in 2019.
“We have had a significant interest in the Alabama Industrial Hemp Pilot Program from potential growers and processors since the availability of applications was announced in January,” Commissioner Rick Pate said.
“The approval of applications and execution of license agreements is complete, and we are in the next phase of the program. We are encouraged after our initial meetings with the approved growers and processors that the first year of the pilot program will provide opportunities for the agriculture industry in Alabama.”
Individuals and businesses must be licensed by the ADAI to grow or process industrial hemp in Alabama. Under laws passed by the Alabama Legislature and the United States Congress, it is unlawful to possess any raw or unprocessed hemp, hemp plants, or hemp seed without a license from the ADAI.