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Ms. Jillian Hishaw, Esq.

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Mr. Asaud Frazier

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Mr. Pete Charlerie

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Ms. Jillian Hishaw, Esq.

Founder & Director
Jillian Hishaw is the Author of “Systematic Land Theft” her new book in addition to an agricultural attorney, 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 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 the sale if an outstanding debt is owed. Hishaw has over 15 years of professional experience in the areas of civil rights, land protection, and agricultural policy. Her prior experience 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. has given her immense insight on the topic of land loss. Past academic publications include Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, The Journal of Food Law & Policy, South Dakota Law Review, Environmental and Energy Law Policy Journal, and American Bar Association Environmental, Energy and Resources Agricultural Management Newsletter.
Hishaw’s recent advocacy work for Black farmers in the hemp and cannabis space has led to published op-ed articles in Civil Eats, The Counter, and HempLand U.S.A. In 2017, Hishaw was recognized as a Food Changemaker by the Clif Bar Foundation and has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Atlantic, Vice News, The Washington Post, and more. In 2019, the Food Tank organization voted Hishaw 1 of 15 women in the World Impacting the Food Industry.

Hishaw has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Tuskegee University, plus a Juris Doctorate and Legal Masters in agricultural law from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville Law school. Hishaw’s own land loss experience has influenced her commitment to law and advocacy work in agriculture and asset protection. To learn more, please visit www.jillianhishaw.com

Mr. Asaud Frazier

Intern

Asaud Frazier is from Columbus, Ohio and attended Tuskegee University in 2011, where he received a bachelors in Environmental Science with a specialization in horticulture. Upon graduating he started working with a non-profit, providing technical assistance to farmers in the Black belt region of Alabama.

In 2018 he returned to Tuskegee for his masters in Plant & Soil Science, thus gaining a better knowledge of agriculture. In 2019 he took on a consulting position while still in school, helping a family grow industrial hemp. After graduating, Asaud decided to start Ella Bea’s Farm on his family’s property in Alabama. Currently, Asaud manages nearly 200 acres, with nearly 15 being cultivated. Asaud, will be assisting us with research, writing, and program management. F.A.R.M.S., is happy to have Asaud on our team!

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