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I belong to... ODPC: Ron Hurliman

PD Staff Published on 11 February 2013


Age: 59



Location: Pacific City, Oregon

My dairy’s history: My great grandpa came here from Switzerland. My older brother farms that land today and my wife, Vonnie, and I bought the farm next door. We’re members of the Tillamook County Creamery Association and milk 85 Holstein-Friesian cross on 187 acres of hills, pasture and seasonal grazing land. Our three sons are now grown, with the youngest wanting to take over the family farm.

If I wasn’t a dairyman, I would be ... working with animals or doing something outdoors, like wildlife management.

My favorite thing about working in the dairy industry is ... being my own boss.

I have been a member of ODPC since ... I’ve been on the ODPC board for 7.5 years. The past 2.5 years I’ve also been a UDIA/DMI board member.


I initially joined ODPC to ... help our industry promote our products. I was on the Tillamook County Creamery Association board for 24 years and learned how important it is for farmers to be involved.

A little-known fact about this organization is ... that we’re creating an export initiative for Oregon’s dairy industry.

What ODPC does best is … I really like the monthly email newsletter that tells farmers about the commission, its programs and the checkoff effort. It helps us all know what’s going on. ODPC is trying new things in many areas and I like that.

An influential or interesting person I’ve met through ODPC is ... Pete Kent, the CEO of ODPC. He stands by his principles and has brought them along to his work with the dairy industry. He believes that “if your goals don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.”

Pete has made his big goals a reality, like joining UDIA so we would work together with the 18 other states and regions. It’s exciting to see how far Oregon’s checkoff dollars can go. Pete is also an extreme cyclist – putting in many, many hours training for 24-hour rides. He brings this same drive and determination to dairy.

The dairy industry’s greatest opportunity is ... exports. I recently returned from a trade mission that started in Shanghai, China, continuing in Hong Kong, and ended in Tokyo, Japan. We saw firsthand the opportunities for dairy.


My advice to all dairymen/dairywomen is ... to get involved. The world is run by the people who show up at meetings. PD

Oregon Dairy Products Commission
10505 SW Barbur Blvd.
Portland, OR 97219
(503) 229-5033

Year the group was founded: 1943

Number of members: 270 dairy farm families

To build demand for Oregon dairy products on behalf of the dairy farmers of Oregon through advertising, public relations, nutrition education, research and regulatory management.