Our Management Team

United Prairie Ag’s management team has the knowledge, experience, and “know how” needed in today’s challenging ag industry. We pride ourselves on being professional, friendly, and always committed to your success.

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Bob Ward
Chief Executive Officer 

Bob Ward has more than 34 years experience in agricultural business. He began his career as an economist for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture. Since then, he has held management positions for cooperatives, private companies, and LLCs, including general manager and CEO positions. He has management experience in refined fuels, propane, convenience stores, retail farm and ranch stores, agronomy, livestock feed and nutrition, dairies, transportation, and grain. His business experience has been with organizations in Wisconsin, Oregon, and Kansas. He now serves as United Prairie Ag’s chief executive officer.


Karen Hill
Chief Financial Officer 
Karen Hill has worked in the agricultural business for 25 years.  She began her career in a cooperative in northeast Nebraska.  Her experience includes positions such as controller, chief financial officer and general manager in cooperatives in Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas.  She now serves as United Prairie Ag’s CFO.

Josh Freeman
Agronomy Manager

Josh Freeman has more than 18 years of experience in the agricultural business, starting out with his family’s farm then branching out into the commercial sector. While working in the commercial sector Josh provided services in crop consulting, crop care, custom farming and application. He came to United Prairie Ag, LLC after being in agronomy sales and the regional agronomy manager in Texas.

Jay Minton
Chief Operating Officer 

Jay began his career with cooperatives 29 years ago.  Throughout his career, Jay has held positions as a controller, assistant manager, and general manager.  Jay has had the opportunity to work and manage local cooperatives and business units for a regional cooperative.  Jay’s career started in central Oklahoma but has allowed him time spent in Southeastern Colorado, Northwestern Kansas, Oklahoma and Eastern Kansas.




David Gaddis
Grain Manager 

David Gaddis began his career in the grain business in 1979, with a family-owned elevator in Elk City, OK. He has managed elevators in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska and has worked for major private companies in the Midwest. He is a registered commodity futures broker. David has traded grain in most major markets in the U.S, but says he enjoys the contacts with local farmers the most. David believes that experience combined with the proper tools helps United Prairie Ag better serve its customers. He serves as UPA’s grain manager.