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From the MPC Newsletter
Friday, November 11, 201

MPC Announced a Key Addition to the Team: Kevin Abernathy
By Rob Vandenheuvel, General Manager

In case you missed our press release, (, the MPC Board of Directors announced this week that we have hired Kevin Abernathy to serve as our Director of Regulatory Affairs.  Kevin – who will be working out of a Turlock office MPC is setting up – is the former Executive Director of the California Dairy Campaign and is a well-known producer-advocate in the world of environmental regulations as they apply to California’s dairy families.

As many of you know, MPC is a producer-funded, producer-driven trade association representing the interests of California dairy farmers.  In our 60+ year history as an organization, MPC has been a leader on important issues such as milk pricing policy, environmental regulations, and many other issues that come up when our state’s dairy farmers intersect with local, state and Federal governments.

Regular readers of our newsletter are certainly familiar with the important issues that MPC is currently involved in.  We have been a leading force in recent years as our industry contemplates taking a new approach to structuring our Federal safety net policies.  Our work on the Costa-Sanders legislation in 2010 has played a key role in helping to shape the current Dairy Security Act (a.k.a. the “Peterson-Simpson Bill”) – a widely-supported dairy policy reform package currently being considered by Congress, and a bill MPC strongly supports.  We’ve also been able to align ourselves with fellow livestock agriculture groups and other interested organizations in a coalition working hard to eliminate federal supports for the long-time-sacred corn-based ethanol industry (California Dairies, Inc., California Dairy Campaign and the Alliance of Western Milk Producers have also joined us in this national coalition).

On state issues, MPC has a long and well-known reputation for defending dairy farmer interests in our State Order that sets monthly milk prices paid to California dairy farmers.  We continue to fight vigorously to take the steps needed to help dairy farmers get a fair share of the monies paid for the dairy products our milk is used to produce.  MPC has also been able to represent our members on the increasingly-important issue of state and local environmental regulations – not only assisting our members in complying with the current regulations, but fighting for our members’ interests as those regulations are developed.  This week’s addition of Kevin to MPC’s team will greatly strengthen the representation our members receive in this key area.

As a pro-producer organization that is fully-funded by our members, we rely on a robust and committed membership.  MPC is providing strong leadership on behalf of California’s dairy families and we’re actively seeking to grow our membership.  We are asking dairymen and women throughout California, as well as our important allied industry partners who support the California dairy industry, to seriously consider a membership with MPC.  If you are interested in being a part of this exciting statewide organization representing our valued California dairy farmers, you can find a membership form on our website (  Or if you’d like to contact us directly or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call (909-628-6018) or shoot us an email (  We look forward to working hard on your behalf.


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