VFF announces 2022 election results

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The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) has today announced the outcome of its elections for VFF President and Vice-President, as well as a number of VFF commodity group positions.

VFF Acting Returning Officer Brendan Tatham congratulated all successful incumbent office bearers as the future leaders of Victoria’s peak agricultural advocacy body.

“VFF members have re-elected Emma Germano as President and Danyel Cucinotta as Vice-President.”

“I congratulate both Emma and Danyel and look forward to working with them and the wider VFF team to help deliver for farmers and regional Victorians in the coming years.”

“The VFF would like to acknowledge and thank all candidates for the positions and encourages them to continue to contribute to the VFF and the farming community into the future.”

“The VFF also thanks all outgoing office bearers for their contributions over the years and helping to facilitate succession in the VFF to the next generation of VFF leaders,” Mr Tatham said.

Elections were also held for the below contested positions and the VFF congratulates the below successful incumbent office bearers:

VFF United Dairyfarmers of Victoria- President:

  • Mark Billing

VFF Livestock Commodity Council- Councillor (Additional Position):

  • Bradley Venning

The VFF would also like to announce the following uncontested representative positions:

Livestock Commodity:

VFF Livestock President:

  • Scott Young

VFF Livestock Vice-President:

  • Peter Star: Peter has also been appointed to be the VFF Board Livestock representative.

North East Region Councillor:

  • Natasha Lobban

Corangamite Region Councillor:

  • Lachlan Barclay

East Gippsland Region Councillor:

  • Trent Anderson

The 2022 VFF election vote counting process was conducted on Thursday 22 December at Farrer House in Melbourne under supervised conditions.

About the VFF President and Vice-President:


Emma Germano

Emma has been re-elected as VFF President in her second term which began in late 2020. As a third-generation farmer from Mirboo North in Gippsland, Emma is focussed on ensuring a vibrant future for agriculture in Australia.

Her family farm, ‘I Love Farms’ is mixed across livestock and horticulture. Emma is passionate about leading the conversation on key issues for Australian agriculture including food security, sustainability and climate resilience.

She has previously held the role of VFF Vice-President, VFF Horticulture Group President and was acknowledged as a Nuffield Scholar in 2014 for her research examining global export opportunities for Australian primary producers.


Danyel Cucinotta

Danyel has been re-elected as VFF Vice-President in her second term which began in late 2020.

She is a third-generation Victorian caged-egg farmer helping to operate her family’s egg farm, onsite café and deli in Werribee on Melbourne’s western outskirts.

She is a member of the VFF Board and also commits her time to Chair both the Farming Systems Policy Committee and Making our Farming Families Safer Committee as well as being a committee member of both Farm Business and Policy Council.

Danyel understands the dedication, hard work and sacrifice needed to run a successful farm and is committed to ensuring farmers receive strong government policy needed to ensure Victorian farms and agriculture thrives into the future.

You can click here to access images of the successful incumbent office bearers.