The WSDA is increasing fees for applying to grow hemp under their research program from $300 to $6500…Obscene! I just wanted to grow enough for some hemp crete projects on our farm. We are getting out of our Tier 3 production & processing and was looking to grow hemp instead, but I won’t pay these fees!
I replied to them with this:
Why is WSDA doing this? Soon hemp will be legal nationwide…one state has written legislation that when the 2018 Farm Bill is enacted, it will be legal in that state. I tried to grow one test acre last year and the seed access was impossible and weighted toward east WA. Questionable ethics of one person at the state. I don’t have to pay to grow hay. Most of what WA does I’m proud to see. State government should not be greedy, especially when an industry is trying to get started. In this situation WA needs to look at what some other SUPPORTIVE, states are doing.
If WA doesn’t have the funds to support this effort, just wait until it is legal nationally.