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Meet the new Wallaces editor: Gil Gullickson

Gullickson starts today as the newest editor of Wallaces Farmer.

Holly Spangler

January 2, 2024

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AT THE HELM: Says Gil Gullickson of his new position as Wallaces Farmer editor, “It’s an honor to follow in the footsteps of the incredible legacy the Wallace family started.”Holly Spangler

We’re excited to introduce Gil Gullickson as the next editor of Wallaces Farmer. He will be just the 13th editor at Wallaces Farmer, founded in 1855 by Henry Wallace, who was followed as editor by son Henry C. Wallace and grandson Henry A. Wallace.

“Good farming, clear thinking, right living,” was a phrase Henry A. liked to use at Wallaces Farmer, and it’s tough to think of anyone who more closely fits that mantra than Gullickson.

“Wallaces Farmer has a wonderful legacy of bringing ideas to farmers that make them money and better the lives of their families,” Gullickson says. “I plan to further this legacy as editor of Wallaces Farmer. I look forward to visiting farms and attending university and industry events to develop stories across all media channels that benefit farmers.”

Gullickson grew up on a farm that he now owns near Langford, S.D., and graduated with an agronomy degree from South Dakota State University.

In some respects, this is a homecoming for Gullickson. Earlier in his career, he spent 13 years as a Farm Progress editor, covering Minnesota and the Dakotas.

“It’s there where I learned what I call dirt-under-the-fingernails coverage,” he says. “It’s that down-to-earth coverage that has always made Farm Progress editors stand out in the industry.”

Gullickson is a widely respected and decorated ag journalist, earning the Agricultural Communicators Network writing award for Writer of the Year three times, and winning Story of the Year four times. He is a past winner of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists’ Food and Agriculture Organization Award for Food Security. He has served as president of both ACN and the North American Agricultural Journalists.

Look for his byline in future issues, as well as at WallacesFarmer.com.

About the Author(s)

Holly Spangler

Senior Editor, Prairie Farmer, Farm Progress

Holly Spangler has covered Illinois agriculture for more than two decades, bringing meaningful production agriculture experience to the magazine’s coverage. She currently serves as editor of Prairie Farmer magazine and Executive Editor for Farm Progress, managing editorial staff at six magazines throughout the eastern Corn Belt. She began her career with Prairie Farmer just before graduating from the University of Illinois in agricultural communications.

An award-winning writer and photographer, Holly is past president of the American Agricultural Editors Association. In 2015, she became only the 10th U.S. agricultural journalist to earn the Writer of Merit designation and is a five-time winner of the top writing award for editorial opinion in U.S. agriculture. She was named an AAEA Master Writer in 2005. In 2011, Holly was one of 10 recipients worldwide to receive the IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Ag Journalism award. She currently serves on the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation, the U of I Agricultural Communications Advisory committee, and is an advisory board member for the U of I College of ACES Research Station at Monmouth. Her work in agricultural media has been recognized by the Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Corn, Illinois Council on Agricultural Education and MidAmerica Croplife Association.

Holly and her husband, John, farm in western Illinois where they raise corn, soybeans and beef cattle on 2,500 acres. Their operation includes 125 head of commercial cows in a cow/calf operation. The family farm includes John’s parents and their three children.

Holly frequently speaks to a variety of groups and organizations, sharing the heart, soul and science of agriculture. She and her husband are active in state and local farm organizations. They serve with their local 4-H and FFA programs, their school district, and are active in their church's youth and music ministries.

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