Over 20 years of experience and 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, 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 Hishaw.
Successful charitable programs aimed at serving small rural farmers
As a philanthropist, Hishaw has also raised thousands of dollars for charitable food programs and has been interviewed by various academic, newspaper and podcast outlets. Additionally, 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. 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 can be applied to many different facets of business.
The Freeman Family would like to thank F.A.R.M.S for assisting our family when we were in dyer straits of securing honest legal counsel. Hishaw worked tirelessly to raise the funds for our legal fees, secure media coverage and more! We really appreciate F.A.R.M.S!
The Freeman Family, Farmers