Hemp applications remain available through Nov. 29 for Alabama farmers wishing to become a grower or a processor/handler for the 2022 growing season.
Katelyn Kesheimer, Auburn University Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, encourages interested applicants not to waste time in completing the application process.
“The Department of Ag only has so many people on staff and now they’re working on the medical marijuana side of things, too. There’s just a lot of work across the board for people,” Kesheimer said. “The earlier you can get it in, the easier it is for everybody. If you have questions, ask Gail Ellis at the Department of Ag or us at Extension now so you’re not scrambling at the last minute.”
Kesheimer said there were 450 licenses issued in 2021 with an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 acres harvested. However, a reduction in acres could be expected next year.
“My guess is we’ve plateaued on the number of growers. I anticipate a drop in acreage,” Kesheimer said.
Applications will be accepted online through the Kelly Registration System (KRS). The application is available through the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) at agi.alabama.gov/hempapp. Applications should be completed and submitted by Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. Industrial hemp licenses are available to growers, processors/handlers and universities.
Find more information about the Alabama Industrial Hemp Program on the Alabama Extension website.