THE Wangaratta branch of the Victorian Farmers Federation recently amalgamated with the Moyhu branch.
Wangaratta and District VFF president Greg Mirabella said the reason behind the merger is indicative of the problems agriculture is facing across the country.
“The VFF has the same problem that a lot of volunteer organisations like the CFA and CWA have,” he said.
“Younger people just aren’t joining and the membership is aging.”
Last month, the new-look Wangaratta branch hosted Sam Marwood from Cultivate Farms, who specialises in this very problem – helping young people buy their first farm and joining them to the agricultural community.
Mr Mirabella said Cultivate Farms are attempting to address the gaping problem of the aging farming community.