Please do not be discouraged by this news because it will not be an issue! There has been a lot of questions and concerns surrounding this news that fees may have to increase by ridiculous amounts to grow hemp in Washington next year after September 2019. This will Only happen, if there is No participation and No additional funding from the budget and the 2018 Farm Bill is not passed legalizing hemp.
Currently, there is $287,000 being requested by the WSDA to curb the need for this fee increase before the next legislative session starts.
Email Governor Inslee in Support of this funding request being decided upon on December 13, 2018. https://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/contact/send-gov-inslee-e-message
A new $3.2 million facility near Binghamton, New York, is the first in the United States to receive some form of government assistance to promote the processing of hemp.
Industrial Hemp Field in Washington State
Madison University Industrial Hemp Farming
Processing line for separation of Industrial Hemp