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.

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  • Troop 972 with Rylan Hillyer (front row, third from left) and Gregg Hillyer (back row, fourth from left). (Photo provided by Gregg Hillyer)

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