Who are we?

The Montana Grain Elevator Association

The mission of the Montana Grain Elevator Association is to provide a forum for all facets of the Montana Grain Industry. We discuss common issues and, when appropriate, take action.

The Association provides networking opportunities for professionals in the grain industry and serves as a resource for members and others about the grain industry.

Discuss common issues 100%
Legislative action 95%
Boring meetings 12%







Member Locations
Years since we were founded
Well over 50000
dollars awarded for scholarships
Great convention each year

What we do

Our Goals


To develop and maintain an organizational structure that addresses the needs of members, is financially healthy, and enables the highest volunteer and staff competency.


To monitor and influence state and federal legislation and regulation which affect the grain elevator industry.


To enhance the professional competency and knowledge of members and to foster high standards of ethical conduct.


To collect and effectively disseminate information on changing technical, governmental and other conditions affecting the grain elevator industry.


To encourage interaction and the understanding of the issues affecting our members and to provide opportunities for this exchange.


To maintain cooperation with the university system; state, regional and national agricultural, natural resource and business associations; state and federal agencies, and other groups in pursuit of MGEA’s mission.


To enhance the recognition of agribusiness as a profession and the public’s understanding of the positive contribution we make to society.

Meet the team

The MGEA Board of Directors

Krista Lee Evans

Krista Lee Evans

Executive Director, MGEA & MABA
Krista was born and raised on a farm/ranch East of Judith Gap.  She attended Montana State University where she obtained degrees in Agricultural Business, Economics, and Range Science.

Krista worked for Montana Legislative Services for 10 years as a research analyst specializing in water policy including water quantity and water quality, eminent domain, and agricultural issues.  Krista staffed the Environmental Quality Council and the Water Policy Interim Committee in the interim and the House and Senate Natural Resources Committees in the legislative session as well as the House Agriculture Committee.

Krista has run her Government Affairs Consulting business, Blake Creek Project Management, Inc. since 1999 where a majority of her business focuses on the protection of existing water rights and the prior appropriation doctrine, energy production in Montana and agricultural business and grain handling issues.  Krista serves as the executive director for the Montana Agricultural Business Association and the Montana Grain Elevator Association.  Krista also owns, operates, and coaches at FireTower CrossFit in Helena.

In her spare time, Krista is an avid runner and CrossFitter, is on the Lewis and Clark County 4-H Foundation Board, and takes part in other community activities.  She and her two boys have a small acreage in Helena’s East Valley.

Katelin Standley, President

Katelin Standley, President

Katelin was born and raised on a wheat and cattle ranch in Molt, MT.  She then graduated from MSU-Bozeman with an Agricultural Business degree.  She is now the elevator manager for Busch Ag in Fairfield and Conrad.  She lives on the Fairfield bench with her husband and son where they raise cattle and horses.
Jayson Hauer, Vice President

Jayson Hauer, Vice President

Belle Pulses, USA
Jayson comes to Montana by way of Tennessee. He has a diverse background that includes time spent as a paratrooper in the US Army, a Senior Manager for an oil field service company, and an owner / operator of a small family cattle ranch. He currently is the general manager of Belle Pulses USA in Hingham, MT where he runs all the daily operations and buys pulse crops. He spends most of his time away from work coaching sports, including both football and wrestling. He and his wife Jana live in Chinook, MT with their 6 kids.
Daniel Nichols, Treasurer

Daniel Nichols, Treasurer

Columbia Grain
Daniel was raised in Southern California were his interest in production ag first grew. He moved to Montana where he graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Agriculture Business and a minor in Economics. He worked as a grain originator for EGT in the golden triangle before taking a position as an Elevator Manager with Gavilon Grain. Daniel managed both Fairview and Moore, MT locations until 2022 when CGI and Gavilon merged under the CGI banner. Daniel manages the Moore location for Columbia Grain. Away from work Daniel enjoys the outdoors and racing more than most anything else.
Justin Hager

Justin Hager

Montana Specialty Mills
Justin Hager grew up on his family’s irrigated farm and ranch on the Fairfield Bench before continuing onto MSU Bozeman where he obtained a degree in Agricultural Business Management and a minor in Economics.  After graduating from MSU Bozeman, he managed grain elevators for General Mills and Columbia Grain for 7 years, followed by 2 years managing a grant and loan program for the Montana Department of Agriculture.  Justin has been with Montana Specialty Mills since 2007, trading specialty crops such as mustard, flax, canola, safflower, coriander, and caraway.
Reed Gibson

Reed Gibson

Reed grew up in southern Idaho on a Tulip farm.  He went to the U of Idaho studying Folklore History and was an active member of Phi Delta Sigma.  He then worked in Jerome at a yogurt factory before becoming interested in the grain industry.  His first job was in Rupert at an Edamame bean factory with Peavey grain.  After 12 years he was promoted and moved to Carter, MT with Peavey Grain, where he managed the facility and fashioned the idea of no-entry bin sweeps.  In 2002 he took a job with Malteurop as the Country Elevator manager and currently holds that role.  He has a collection of Volkswagon Beetles and enjoys his time tinkering in his shop on them.  His fantastic wife Sonia and 3 boys reside just outside of Fort Benton and enjoy their time traveling national parks.
Terry Bartelt

Terry Bartelt

I started my career in the grain business at the Kershaw elevator in 1983 back when that location was owned by U.G.C.

I worked there as an elevator operator and moved up to superintendent.

From 1985 through 1986 I relocated to a U.G.C. facility in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado where I worked as assistant manager.

Being born and raised in Great Falls, Montana I soon couldn’t stand being away from my home state and returned to work at Kershaw.

I continued work at the Kershaw elevator until 1993 as Superintendent.

July of 1993 I accepted a job as manager of Moore, Montana for Peavey / Conagra which became Gavilon in 2008 where I managed for the next 25 years.

I have seen a lot of change in the grain business and have always enjoyed the challenges.

I recently relocated to Billings, Montana where I work as an area manager for Gavilon.

Tanner Denton

Tanner Denton

Hello my name is Tanner Denton. I am the Elevator Supervisor at the MolsonCoors grain elevator in Power, MT. I was born and raised on a horse ranch in Sterling, UT. I attended the University of Montana Western on a rodeo scholarship, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business admin. After college I moved to southern Colorado and got hired on as a elevator specialist at the MolsonCoors Monte Vista faciality. After working there for 4 years I got transferred to Power as the Supervisor. I look forward to being on the board representing MolsonCoors. I enjoy being outdoors hunting, fishing, and riding horses.
Gordon Holt

Gordon Holt

EGT - Sidney
Gordon grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains of Georgia on a cattle, poultry and hay farm.  He attended Montana State University where he obtained his degree in Agricultural Business before beginning his career in the grain industry.  He currently manages EGT’s elevator in Sidney, where he resides with his wife, Liv, and two dogs, Deets and Newt.  When Gordon’s not buying grain or loading shuttles, he can be found hunting or helping his in-laws on their registered Simmental cattle operation.
Trevin Likens

Trevin Likens

EGT - Tunis
Trevin was born and raised on a farm and ranch in SE Nebraska growing corn and soybeans and raising cattle. He got his bachelor’s in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and after graduating, moved to Montana. He is now the Grain Merchandiser Trainee at EGT – Tunis. Recently married, he and his wife, Katherine, are living in Fort Benton.

Derek Gibson

Columbia Grain
Darren Fischer

Darren Fischer

Basin Seed
I started my elevator career in 2000 with Peavey Grain. I then had a very lengthy career in corrections before joining on with Gavilon. I currently manage Basin Seed Elevator in Stanford, MT. I enjoy hunting, fishing and camping and spending time with my kids.
Brad Kantorowicz

Brad Kantorowicz

Stricks Ag
Brad has been around agriculture all of his life.  He was born in Chester Montana and grew up on the family farm south of Joplin.  He started a trucking company that he operated for almost 17 years transporting agricultural products.  He got into the elevator business 6 years ago and is currently the General Manager and Partner at Stricks Ag.  Brad lives in Chester with his wife Tesla and their 2 kids.  In their free time they like to travel and spend time at the lake.
Greg Thayer

Greg Thayer

Montana Milling
Greg graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Business with an accounting emphasis and is a CPA.  Greg is CEO of Montana Milling, Inc specializing in certified organic and conventional grains, flours, flakes, cracked products and specialty mixes.

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