Horticulture

Emma Germano new VFF vice president

By Country News

The VFF’s Horticulture Group president can now lay claim to the organisation’s vice-president role.

Emma Germano was elected to the position at the VFF’s annual general meeting on February 26, defeating Kyabram’s Gemma Monk in the ballot.

Ms Germano, from Mirboo North, is the managing director of her family’s mixed operation, growing vegetables as well as running sheep and beef cattle.

She also holds the role of the VFF Industrial Association president and sits on the Vegetable Industry Market and Value Chain Strategic Investment Advisory Panel.

VFF president David Jochinke praised his new deputy.

‘‘It is my great pleasure to congratulate Emma on her appointment as vice-president,’’ he said.

‘‘I am confident that Emma’s skills and passion have prepared her to effectively serve Victorian farmers in this new role.

‘‘2019 is going to be a year of strong advocacy and action for the VFF.

‘‘We will be pursuing a rates review, supporting farmers through the drought, engaging in the federal election when it is announced, and holding the Victorian Government to account to deliver for agriculture.’’

Ms Germano said she was looking forward to working with members.