I contacted 30 lawyers in an effort to find help. Hishaw was the only one that really made an effort. I can call her anytime I have a question.
— S. Calhoun, Landowner

Ms. Jillian Hishaw, Esq., is the author of "Don't Bet the Farm on Medicaid Liens," Founder, and Attorney in the areas of agriculture, food systems and asset protection, she was recently recognized by the Clif Bar Co. as a "Food Industry Changemaker."  Founder of Hishaw Law, LL.C., and Family Agriculture Resource Management Services (F.A.R.M.S), a national non-profit that provides legal and technical services to small farmers.  Ms. Hishaw has over 12-years of local, state, federal, legal, and non-profit experience in relation to agriculture, environmental and asset protection matters.   Ms. Hishaw has been featured in numerous print, podcast and stages including Civil Eats, the Atlantic, Seniors.com, WFAE-NPR, and more.  Ms. Hishaw’s expertise is documented in her numerous law review and American Bar Association (ABA) articles.  Prior to establishing F.A.R.M.S., Ms. Hishaw worked for the USDA Office of Assistance Secretary of Civil Rights.  After leaving USDA, Ms. Hishaw provided legal assistance to small farmers in Pembroke, NC and Alabama during the settlement phase of Pigford (Black farmers class action) and Keepseagle (Native classaction).  Upon completing law school, Ms. Hishaw established the Youth Conservation Corp (YCC), a job training program focused on equipping teen males and ex-felons in Kansas City, MO with skills to pursue careers in ecology and agriculture.  Ms. Hishaw has a Bachelors Degree in Biology from Tuskegee University and a Juris Doctorate and Legal Masters in Agricultural law from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.


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Speaker, Carolinas Cannabis Conference (Charlotte, NC August 2019)

Keynote Speaker, Clemson University “Food Summit” (Clemson, SC March 2019)

Workshop Instructor, Tuskegee University Farm Conference (Montgomery, AL February 2019)

Speaker/Continuing Legal Education Instructor, Oregon Bar Assn. (Portland, OR February 2019)

Speaker, Lewis & Clark Law school (Portland, OR February 2019)

Speaker, Duke University, World Food Policy Council (Durham, NC December 2018)

Speaker, Memphis Tilth/St. Jude (Memphis, TN November 2018)

Speaker/Workshop Instructor, Alvin Ailey, “Race, Place & Diversity Conference” (Kansas City, MO November 2018)

Speaker, Fiverr Co., (Charlotte, NC October 2018)

Speaker, Diasporic Alliance Cannabis Opportunities (DACO) (Philadelphia, PA October 2018)

Speaker, Carolina Hemp Festival (Raleigh, NC August 2018)

Award Recipient, AllState/The Atlantic Renewal Awards (New Orleans, LA April 2018)  

Speaker, Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference (Boston, MA March 2018) 

Interview, WCCB- CW Charlotte TV "History Makers" Segment (Charlotte, NC February 2018) 

Speaker, Personal Reflection of a Faith Based Attorney, Wake Forest School of Divinity (Winston-Salem, NC  October 2017)    


Anna W. & Sam C., Food & Faith Podcast, October 2018 Click here

Jessie Johnson, At the Table Podcast, July 2018 Click here

Jenna Liut, Eating Matters, Heritage Radio Network, March 2018  Click here

Shonna Etienne, Intellectual Chocolate, Your Black World, Feb 2018  Click here 

Eric Moncrief, Green Guy Radio WGST AM 640, Feb. 2018  Click here  

Bishop Bates, Truth Network, Bishop Bates, October 2017 Interview  Click here

YaYa Diamond, Dream Chaser Radio October 2017 Interview  Click here to listen

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Feature, Civil Eats, “What Reparations Could Mean For Black Farmers” May 2019 Click here

Feature, Washington Monthly, “How to Close the Democrat’s Rural Gap” January 2019 Click here

Feature, The Renewal Project, The Atlantic, “5 Social Entrepreneur Who Created Change in 2018” December 2018 Click here

Feature, Oprah Magazine “What is Your Gift of Giving” December 2018 Click here

Editorial, The Renewal Project, The Atlantic “Her Family’s Own Loss Spurred this Social Entrepreneur to Advocate for Aging Farmers” September 2018 Click here

Feature, Civil Eats “The Inspiring Women Reshaping the Food Systems” August 2018 Click here

Interviewed, Natural Awakenings Charlotte, “Land Loss Among Local Farmers,'“ July 2018 Click here

Interviewed w/Farmer, “Black Farmers Are Being Forced Off Their Land,” July 2018 Click here

Quoted, Leilani Clark, Civil Eats “The Movement to Turn Churchland into Farmland,” June 2018 Click here

Interview, Korsha Wilson, Civil Eats, "Jillian Hishaw Wants to Help Black Farmers Stay on Their Land," May 2018  Click here

Interview, Toni Wansley, The Connect Magazine, "Meet the Woman Who is Changing America Food Industry" April 2018  Click here

Quoted - SeniorHomes.com "Senior Debt"  March 2018 Click here

Interview - Margaret Myers, The Atlantic, "She Saw Her Family Lose Its Farm" March 2018 Click here

Charlotte, Amy Rogers, WFAE-NPR, "Local Food Activist, Jillian Hishaw Named a Changemaker"  January 2018  Click here

Antioch University, Cherice Bock, Whole Terrain: Reflective Environmental Practices, Vol. 23 F.A.R.M.S. An Interview with Jillian Hishaw (2017) Click here

University of Arkansas-Fayetteville Law school, Agricultural Legal Masters Blog Click here (2017)

Interview - Emily Glaser, South Charlotte Lifestyle Magazine, "Giving Back With Gardens" Click here (2017)  

Press Release - Today In Law, "F.A.R.M.S. To Food Bank Program Could Feel the Pinch From Proposed Federal Cuts"  Click here (2017)

Interview -Philanthropy Circle 365   Click here   (2016)

Interview - Carolina Farm Stewardship Newsletter, "Interview with Jillian Hishaw" Founding Director of F.A.R.M.S.,  Click here (2015)

Interview - Victoria Taylor, Esq., "Moving Agricultural Professionals of Color Forward, One Farm at a Time: An Interview with Jillian Hishaw" Esq.  Click here (2015)

Interview - Kingstree News, "Pee Dee Land Trust Presents Black Storytelling Project" Click here (2015)

Interview - South Carolina Now, "Local Grant Project Focused on African American Farmers" Click here (2014)

Interview - UNC - "Community of Economic Development in North Carolina and Beyond, Agricultural Land Loss in the Southeast: Overview of Heirs' Property Strategies to Reverse the Trend" Click here (2014)

Interview - WUNC- NPR, "USDA Prepares to Pay Native American Farmers" Click here (2011)



Writer, Agrarian Land Trust “Certified Naturally Grown Matches the Stewardship Practices Faith-Based….” August 2019 Click here

Op-ed Article Author, Civil Eats “Congress Will Likely Legalize Hemp in the Farm Bill” December 2018 Click here

Op-ed Article Author, New Food Economy, “HBCUs Underfunded, Hemp Could Change That,” June 2018 Click here

Author, How Socially Disadvantaged Farmer Initiatives Have Not Resolved USDA’s History of Discrimination and Recommendations From Front Line Agricultural Workers, Production Agricultural Workers Policy Journal (Fall 2013 Edition)

Author, Why Bees Are Dropping Like Flies?  The US and EU Struggle to Find the Right Regulatory Approach, ABA Section Environmental, Energy and Resources,  Agricultural Management Newsletter  (Summer 2013 Edition)

Co-Editor, ABA Section of Environmental, Energy and Resources, Agricultural Management Newsletter(Summer 2013 Edition)

Author, Mississippi is Burning Georgia Peaches Because Alabama is No Longer a Sweet Home:  A Legislative Analysis of Southern Discomfort Regarding Illegal Immigration S.D.L.Rev. (Winter/2013)  Click here

Author, LEED Food Processing Facilities, ABA Section Environmental, Energy and Resources, Agricultural Management Newsletter (Summer 2012 Edition) Case summaries, ABA Section    Environmental, Energy and Resources, Agricultural Management Newsletter (May/2011)

Author, Gone with the Wind: Coal, Fire & Brimstone- A Legal Analysis of the New Reality Facing the Coal Industry, 5 Envtl. & Energy L. & Pol'y J., 96-129, n.1 (2010) Click here

Author, “Show Me” No Rice Pharming: An Overview of the Introduction of and Opposition to Genetically Engineered Pharmaceutical Crops in the US, 3 J. Food L. & Pol'y, 209-226, n.2 (2007)  Click here

Author, Piling it On Thick: An Overview of Arkansas Poultry Litter Regulation, 11 Drake J. Agric. L., 225-251, n.2 (2006); and Click here

Author, Cultural Effects of Land Protection in the Plain States, (Unpublished)


(F.A.R.M.S.) Most Inspiring Non-profit Award, Sustain Charlotte, April 2018  Click here

(F.A.R.M.S.) Allstate/The Atlanta, Renewal Award (Runner-up)  March 2018  Click here

Food Industry Changemaker, Clif Bar Co. Click here to read article and view video  (2017)

Missouri Soil & Water Photo Contest, Conservation Across American Photo Contest, Honorable Mention Click here to view (2010)

Washington Wheatley Neighborhood Association, Community Contributor (2009) 


University of Pacific-Food Trust Oped Fellowship (2017)

The Aspen Institute, The Franklin Project Program (2015-2016)  

Wake Forest University, School of Divinity "Re:Generate Fellowship (2015)


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