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Jillian Hishaw Consulting | Agricultural Lawyer

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Jillian Hishaw is a well-known expert in the field of agricultural law and policy. Author of “Don’t Bet the Farm on Medicaid” a manual that educates land and homeowners about state tax exemptions regarding outstanding debt owed to long-term care facilities. Hishaw’s latest “Systematic Land Theft” is a textbook that documents the history of Black and Indigenous land theft in the US and the ways laws and policies continue to support the present day taking of land.


Agricultural Lawyer

Hishaw has extensive legal experience in the areas of agriculture, bankruptcy and estate planning. Hishaw has gotten numerous clients out of debt, protected assets through proper estate planning and has litigated cases on behalf of farmers across the country in federal court. 



Ranked No. 5 out of 14 women by the Food Tank organization changing the food industry in the world, Hishaw’s impact has been felt world-wide. As a philanthropist, Hishaw has raised thousands of dollars for charitable food programs and has been interviewed by various academic, newspaper and podcast outlets.  Additionally, Hishaw has written several law reviews articles on the topics of agriculture, environmental, and civil rights law which has been published in the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, the Journal of Food Law & Policy, Environmental & Energy Law & Policy Journal, the South Dakota Law Review, and the American Bar Association newsletter. Hishaw’s past op-ed articles on agricultural law topics have been featured in such publications as the Atlantic, the Counter and her own personal blog, located on this site. Additional publications like Oprah Magazine, San Diego Union Tribune, WUNC – NPR, South Carolina Now, and more have highlighted her work over the years. 

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Jillian Hishaw, has 20 years of professional experience in law, speaking, and writing. Hishaw has worked as an Environmental Planner for a local city, a State Conservation Agency, and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington DC. Hishaw has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Tuskegee University, an historically Black university along with a Juris Doctorate and a Legal Masters (LL.M) in agricultural law from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

Ranked No.5 out of 14 Women Leaders in the world changing Agriculture

Jillian Hishaw


Jillian Hishaw is a MacArthur Recipient (via F.A.R.M.S.) agricultural lawyer, Founder, and C.E.O. of F.A.R.M.S. Inspired by her own family’s land loss, this international non-profit provides technical and legal assistance to small farmers while reducing hunger in the farmer’s community. Hishaw’s first book, Don’t Bet the Farm on Medicaid, available on Amazon, examines how U.S. long-term care facilities can exercise their federal authority to place a lien on a resident’s property, forcing a sale if an outstanding debt is owed. Hishaw has 15 years of professional experience in the areas of civil rights, land protection, and agricultural policy. 

Her prior experience includes working on land protection matters for local and state agencies and on civil rights matters for the U.S. Department of Agriculture within the Office of Civil Rights in Washington, D.C., which has given her immense insight into the topic of land loss. Past academic publications include the Drake Journal of Agricultural LawThe Journal of Food Law & PolicySouth Dakota Law ReviewEnvironmental, and Energy Law Policy JournalAmerican Bar Association Environmental, Energy and Resources Agricultural Management Newsletter.

In February 2022, Elle Magazine named "Systematic Land Theft" one of the 28 best Black History books written, based on Ms. Brea Baker's selection.

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Hishaw, has over 20 years of speaking experience in the area of agriculture, wealth management, and food insecurity. State Bar Associations, non-profits, universities, and private entities have hired Hishaw to speak on stages across the country. As one of a few agricultural lawyer’s in the world with her expertise, Hishaw has provided rural farmers in Africa, India and the Caribbean with support services through Family Agriculture Resource Management Services (F.A.R.M.S.) an international non-profit that she established nearly 10 years ago.



Over the last 20 years, Hishaw has had the opportunity to speak at numerous national, state and local conferences and workshops. Hishaw has organized workshops and conferences or invited to speak on various topics including;

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