About -Jillian Hishaw, Agricultural Lawyer & Land Justice


Jillian Hishaw has Over 20 years of experience and is one of a few black women in the world with a LLM in Agricultural Law

Jillian Hishaw is an innovative strategist, 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.” Is one of a few Black Women in the World with a LLM in Agricultural law and over 20 years of local, state, federal, fellowship and nonprofit experience in land justice and climate justice, Hishaw is highly sought after by various industries for her expertise which has allowed her work to spans across the country. Hishaw’s past clients include universities, non-profit organizations and municipalities. In 2019, FoodTank, ranked Hishaw No. 5 out of 14 Women Leaders in the World Changing the Food Industry! Hishaw is the Co-Founder and former Executive Dir. of what is formerly known as Black Belt Justice Center (BBJC). In 2005, the concept of both BBJC and F.A.R.M.S. were created by Jillian Hishaw. 

With an expertise in agricultural law and asset protection, Jillian Hishaw has emerged as a trusted authority in the field, advocating for fair and sustainable practices in the agricultural industry.

One of Jillian’s notable works is the book “Systematic Land Theft,” a compelling exposé shedding light on the historical injustices and systemic issues plaguing land ownership in the United States. As an agricultural lawyer and author, Jillian Hishaw offers unique insights into the complexities of land ownership, addressing the challenges faced by farmers and advocating for their rights. With her expertise and extensive knowledge, Jillian has become a sought-after litigator, empowering agricultural communities and fighting for equitable access to land and resources.

In addition to “Systematic Land Theft,” Jillian Hishaw has also authored the enlightening publication “Don’t Bet the Farm on Medicaid.” This insightful book provides valuable guidance on navigating the intricacies of Medicaid regulations and their impact on agricultural businesses. As an advocate for asset protection in the agricultural sector, Jillian leverages her legal expertise to help farmers safeguard their livelihoods and preserve their hard-earned assets.

Jillian Hishaw’s commitment to supporting the agricultural community extends to her publication “Farm Tax Credit of all 50 U.S. States.” This comprehensive guide serves as a valuable resource for farmers seeking to optimize their tax strategies. With her in-depth knowledge of agricultural tax laws and her dedication to helping farmers maximize their benefits, Jillian provides invaluable insights that empower farmers to navigate the complex landscape of tax regulations effectively.

As an agricultural lawyer, author, and publisher, Jillian Hishaw’s expertise encompasses a wide range of agricultural matters. Her passion for climate and land justice is evident in all aspects of her work. By advocating for fair practices, equitable access to resources, and sustainable agricultural solutions, Jillian Hishaw has established herself as a trusted authority in the field. Whether you require legal representation, informative publications, or valuable insights into agricultural matters, Jillian Hishaw is your go-to expert, dedicated to empowering the agricultural community and promoting a more just and sustainable future.

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Jillian Hishaw, Agricultural Lawyer has many Successful charitable programs aimed at Climate & Land Justice

As a philanthropist, Jillian Hishaw has also raised thousands of dollars for charitable food programs and has been interviewed by various academic, newspaper and podcast outlets. Additionally, Jillian Hishaw has several law review and American Bar Association newsletter articles published in outlets such as Politico, Vice News, San Diego Tribune, the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, the Journal of Food Law & Policy, WUNC – NPR, and more.


Jillian Hishaw is the Founding CEO of Family Agriculture Resource Management Services (F.A.R.M.S.) an international non-profit organization. F.A.R.M.S., provides legal services to aging, rural, small Black farmers in and outside the US. For nearly ten years in operation, F.A.R.M.S., has saved small farms from foreclosure, donated nearly two million lbs. of produce to rural high poverty, food insecure communities in five countries and more! With a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Tuskegee University, Law Degree and Legal Masters in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, Hishaw education and professional expertise in land justice and climate justice can be applied to many different facets of business.

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