Gregg Hillyer

Progressive Farmer Editor-in-Chief
Gregg Hillyer

As editor-in-chief of The Progressive Farmer, Gregg Hillyer lives in Lake St. Louis, Mo. Before coming to The Progressive Farmer, you may remember him as the editor of Soybean Digest. He edited that publication for nearly 12 years.


An ag journalism graduate of Iowa State University, Gregg grew up on a dairy farm in southwest Iowa. He has won numerous awards for his writing and photography. They include two Oscars in Agriculture, Story of the Year from the American Agricultural Editors’ Association (AAEA) and honorable mention, AAEA Photographer of the Year. He also won first place in a national conservation writing competition and received a special citation from USDA for articles on conservation compliance. Gregg has also been named a Master Writer by AAEA.


Gregg and his wife Juli have three children, Dana, Ethan and Rylan.

Recent Blogs by Author

  • Seeds have their own beauty and hold immense promise. Art Director Brent Warren used common agricultural seeds to illustrate a series of stories called It Starts With Seed. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo illustration by Brent Warren and Barry Falkner)

    Crop farming begins and ends with a seed. Within each tiny package lies a factory of possibilities. The next few weeks will feature stories all about seed, the seed industry and seed selection...

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  • (Photo by Gregg Hillyer)

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  • Networking with farmers from across the country is an added bonus of attending the DTN Ag Summit. (Joel Reichenberger)

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    According to the most recent Agriculture Confidence Index, growers are in a much better state of mind than ahead of the 2020 harvest but less than spring 2021.