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Jillian Hishaw

Agricultural Strategist, Founder, Farmer, Advocate, Leader

Jillian Hishaw has nearly 15 years of professional experience in agriculture. Originally from Kansas City, MO, Hishaw is the Founder & CEO of Hishaw Law LLC; F.A.R.M.S.,., a national nonprofit and author of "Don't Bet the Farm on Medicaid."; Hishaw is well-versed in the area of agricultural law, civil rights, estate planning and was recognized as a "Food Changemaker" by Clif Bar Co. Hishaw has been featured in O (Oprah) Magazine, The Atlantic, Vice News,, and more for her work in agriculture.  Since 2013 F.A.R.M.S. has provided legal services to farmers of color in the area of civil rights, land protection and estate planning.  For the past few years, Hishaw has advocated for farmers of color in the hemp and cannabis space by convening educational workshops for farmers, speaking at conferences, publishing articles, and being actively involved on various committees.   

Hishaw is a former state policy Committee member of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), writer of “Congress Will Likely Legalize Hemp in the Farm Bill,” published in Civil Eats (Dec. 2018); “HBCUs Underfunded, Hemp Could Change That,” published New Food Economy (June 2018).  Hishaw, currently provides technical assistance to cannabis and hemp farmers in the Southeast. For more information about Hishaw please visit or