Board of Directors

Christopher Barge

Executive Committee

Christopher obtained his B.S. in Agriculture degree in 1990 from the University of Georgia. He began his career in Horticulture working in the Southeast, then the Pacific Northwest. He entered the Sales, Marketing, and Financial world when moving to Montana in 2010 and began working in the Agriculture industry.

Currently, Christopher is the Sales and Marketing Manager and Financial Services Manager for CHS, Big Sky. He is responsible for 16 locations, 15 employees, and 200+ million in annual sales in agronomy, grain, feed, and energy divisions. He creates sales and marketing strategies, input loans, provides sales training, and nurtures vendor relationships, while growing market share and profitability.

Christopher opened the Ferst Foundation, Montana Chapter, in 2015 and continues to work on the board expanding the footprint in Montana. In addition, he is the President of MABA, Montana Agriculture Business Association, where he is the liaison between Montana agribusiness and the legislature. Providing proactive leadership to assure the viability of Montana agribusiness through responsible legislation and regulations, education, member networking, communicating with university system, state and federal agencies, enhancing safety culture, and provide accurate information to the public about agribusiness.

Christopher currently lives in Southwest Montana with his wife, Kirsten, enjoying the “Big Sky” country of Montana.


  • President
    Betsy Wagenhauser 

  • Director of Accounting/Development
    Amy Zygler 

  • Enrollment Coordinator/Office Manager
     Leslie Vestal 

  • Program Coordinator
    Susan Vaughn 

  • Regional Program Coordinator
    Debbie Ross 

  • Regional Program Coordinator
    Michelle Maddox 

  • Grant Coordinator
    Kelly Freyer 

  • Project Coordinator
    Emily Pettigrew 

  • Administrative Assistant Publications/Social Media
    Olivia Ramfos 

  • Database Management
    Glenda Cofer 

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