Alabama now accepting applications for new hemp growers

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — If you are interested in joining Alabama’s fledging hemp growing industry, this may be your time.

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries opened up its hemp application program this past Monday for new people to try out growing the increasingly popular crop for themselves.

“As the hemp industry continues to grow in Alabama, critical research data is being collected and evaluated,” said Rick Pate, Commissioner of Agriculture & Industries.  “The department’s goal is to administer the program in a fair and timely manner to benefit hemp producers and develop industrial hemp as an alternative crop.” 

Alabama’s research program into industrial hemp production was put into place at the beginning of 2019, thanks to the passing of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 and the Alabama Industrial Hemp Research Program Act in 2016. These bills helped establish hemp as a legitimate crop, so long as it contained less than 0..3 percent of THC.

You can apply by following this link. Applications will be accepted from Oct. 7, 2019, to Nov. 14, 2019.

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