Alabama just approved applications for 180 hemp farmers, and the first crop will be planted by April, said Alabama Department of Agriculture Commissioner Rick Pate. “We approved all the legitimate applications,” Pate said. “Those notifications are going out this week.” A couple of applications that didn’t include the $100 application fee, or were not from qualified farmers, may have been rejected, Pate said. “There may been one or two who wanted to grow it in their backyard,” Pate said. “That’s not the intent.” Alabama also received about 70 applications from people wanting to have hemp processing operations, Pate said. “We ended up approving them all,” he said.