"It is about being part of something bigger than oneself."

United Agricultural Cooperative Inc. takes pride in our employees and members. Your board and cooperative employees do what it takes to better service our membership base as well as keeping agricultural production a successful business along the Gulf Coast of Texas.

Business Office

Jimmy Roppolo

Jimmy Roppolo

General Manager

In 1985, Jimmy Roppolo was hired as the Agronomy Sales Manager and six months later he was named General Manager.  Jimmy was raised in Marlin, TX where his family grew cotton, grain, and cattle in Falls County on the Brazos River.  He graduated in 1970 from Texas A&M University with a degree in Ag Economics.  Jimmy is very passionate about the benefits of cooperatives for producers.  In fact, since 1970 Jimmy has only not worked for a co-op for 2 years.

April Graves

April Graves

Controller

April Graves joined the team in June of 1993.  She was born and raised in Wharton County.  April graduated from Texas A&M University in 1985 with a degree in Accounting.  She has 3 children and 2 grand children and enjoys spending time with them and gardening.  In 2016, April and her sister Stacey started a side boutique business called Ruby and Yaya.

Cotton Gins & Warehouse

Clay Whitley

Clay Whitley

Gin Manager

Clay Whitley joined the team in January of 2018.  He was raised in Edna, TX.  Clay graduated from Texas A&M University in 2002 with an Agricultural Systems Management degree.  He owned his own cotton gin consulting business for 15 years prior to joining the team.  Clay and his wife Worth and five kids live in Edna. 

Theresa Strack

Theresa Strack

Cotton Warehouse Manager

Theresa Strack joined our team in July of 1992.  She grew up in Midfield, TX.  Prior to running the Cotton Warehouse, Theresa worked for Danevang Farmers Co-op for 13 years.  She loves spending time with her husband Randy, 3 children, and 2 granddaughters as well as gardening and baking.

Sally Andel

Sally Andel

Cotton Merchandiser

Sally Andel started working for Modern Farmers Co-op in 1979 after graduation.  She is from El Campo, TX and during the summers she would weigh trailers and bales.  Sally married a cotton farmer, Albert D. Andel.  Together they have 5 kids and 10 grandchildren.  Sally enjoys building things, but most of all she loves spending time with her kids and grandchildren.

General Stores

Annette Bittner

Annette Bittner

Eagle Lake Store Manager

Annette Bittner joined our team in October of 2006.  She was raised in El Campo, TX.  Previously, she worked for the Eagle Lake General Store.  Annette and her husband Paul live in Garwood, TX where they raised 2 boys.  Annette enjoys bowling, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren.  

Bunge Halla

Bunge Halla

Feed Sales Specialist

Bunge Halla joined our team in October of 2006.  He grew up in Weimar, TX.  In 1996, Bunge opened the Eagle Lake General Store and sold it to FCEC in 2006.  He also owns and operates H Bar Cattle, a grow yard for developing feeder and fat cattle.  In his spare time he enjoys roping with his son Korby and spending time at the bay.

James Davis

James Davis

Danevang Branch Manager

James Davis became a member of our team in January of 2013. He graduated from Texas A&M with Bachelor of Science in Agronomy.  He grew up on a small family ranch northwest of Houston.  James has been managing Ag businesses from the Red River Valley to as far south as Puerto Rico before coming to work for United Ag. He enjoys deer hunting and helping his grandkids with their 4-H and FFA animal projects.

Lacey Bayer

Lacey Bayer

Edna Store Manager

Lacey Bayer joined our team in 2015.  She was raised on a dairy farm in southern California.  Her family relocated the dairy and all 3,500 milk cows to the Texas Panhandle in 2003.  She graduated from West Texas A&M in 2008 with a degree in Animal Science.  Previously, she worked at DeWitt County Producers Cooperative in Cuero.  Lacey and her husband Branden, live in Inez where they raise kids and cows.

Bryce Skow

Bryce Skow

El Campo Feed Manager

Bryce Skow joined our team originally as an intern in the Summer of 2011.  He was born and raised in El Campo, TX.  Bryce graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Rangeland Ecology and Management.  He is a member of the El Campo Volunteer Fire Dept and enjoys working on the family ranch and doing leatherwork on the side.

Doug Ondrias

Doug Ondrias

El Campo Ag Parts Manager

Doug Ondrias joined our team in May of 1986.  He was raised in El Campo, TX.  In 1984, Doug graduated from TSTC in Waco, TX.  He and his wife Kathy have 2 children;  together they love to go camping, hunting, and fishing. 

Kurt Rodgers

Kurt Rodgers

Retail Division Manager

Kurt Rodgers joined our team in July of 2003.  He was raised in Eagle Lake, TX and graduated from Sam Houston State University with an Ag Business degree.  He has worked within the agricultural industry since he was 14 years old.  Kurt and his wife Jenny live in Garwood, TX and have 3 children.  He likes to hunt and fish in his spare time.

Michael Grahmann

Michael Grahmann

Feed Sales Specialist

Michael Grahmann joined the team in January of 2012.  He grew up in Rock Island, TX on the 6G Ranch raising Simbrah cattle.  Michael graduated from Texas A&M University in 1993 with a degree in Animal Science.  Previously, he managed La Muneca Cattle Company and worked for Purina Mills as a District Manager.  Michael and his wife Sonia live in Hallettsville, TX where they have raised 4 children. 

Michelle Frankum

Michelle Frankum

Corporate Marketing Manager

Michelle Frankum joined our team in November of 2009.  She was raised in Bay City, TX where her family farms rice, row crop, and ranches commercial cattle.  She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2009 with an Ag Business degree.  Previously, she worked for Purina Mills traveling across several states as an intern and then was an Account Manager in Arizona. 

Grain Elevators

Lindsey Bowers

Lindsey Bowers

Grain Merchandiser

Lindsey Bowers joined our team in February of 2007.  She is from Shepherd, TX and graduated from Texas A&M University in 2005 with an Ag Business degree.  Lindsey and her husband Darrell live in Inez, TX where they are raising 3 boys, catfish, row crop, and cattle.  They are both very passionate about positively advocating for agriculture.

Joe Kelley

Joe Kelley

Ag Export Manager

Joe Kelley was born and raised in Stuart, Florida where his family operated a commercial cow/calf operation. While in high school his family moved the operation to the Flint Hills (Konza Tallgrass Prairie) around Alma, Kansas.  Joe attended college in Kansas and Colorado, finishing his degree at the University of the Incarnate Word.  Prior to joining United Ag, the bulk of Joe’s work centered around trading and logistics with a variety of trading houses involved in the energy and agriculture sectors.  Spare time is best for road trips, meeting new people, and generally exploring.

Steven Craig

Steven Craig

Grain Operations Manager

Steven Craig joined the team in March of 2011.  He grew up in Alvarado, TX raising and training horses.  Steven graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Agricultural Systems Management.  Previously he worked for Halfway Cooperative Gin as the assistant manager following the Texas Cotton Ginners Assoc. Internship.  Steven and his wife Courtney love to travel this incredible planet that we inhabit.

Denny Krenek

Denny Krenek

Grain Customer Service Specialist

Denny Krenek joined our team in February 2006. She grew up in East Bernard and lives in Hungerford with her husband Paul. Together they farm, ranch and have raised three girls. Since 1980 she has been working in agriculture doing everything from weighing and probing trucks to marketing rice. She hopes her four grandchildren will continue the love of farming and ranching. “Living the farm life makes working for farmers a little easier to understand.” 

High Caliber Deer Corn

Jeff Strnadel

Jeff Strnadel

Deer Corn Sales Specialist

Jeff Strnadel joined our team in September of 2016.  He was raised in El Campo, TX.  Jeff graduated from Texas A&M University in 1986 with a degree in Agronomy.  Previously, he has worked in Ag chemical sales, Ag lending, and was a Landman.  In his free time Jeff enjoys roping and spending time with his family.