Ministerial role

Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Responsibilities

Responsibilities include

  • food and farming, including CAP (Common Agricultural Policy), apprenticeships, exports, and bovine TB (tuberculosis) policy
  • fisheries
  • better regulation
  • science and innovation

Current role holder: George Eustice MP

George Eustice was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on 11 May 2015. He was elected as the Conservative MP for Camborne and Redruth in 2010.

Political career

George served on the EFRA Select Committee from 2010.

Career outside politics

Coming from a farming background, his family still run a fruit farm, restaurant and farm shop in Cornwall where they also have a herd of South Devon cattle and the country’s oldest herd of the rare breed of pig, the British Lop. The family have shown a keen interest in educating children about farming and have opened their farm to 3000 schoolchildren a year.

Announcements

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  1. £3m support scheme launched to reduce air pollution from farming

    • News story
  2. Bridging Payments for Environmental Stewardship customers

    • News story
  3. New data shows drop in bovine TB as further measures to fight disease unveiled

    • Press release
  4. Minister Eustice Oral Statement on Scallops

    • Statement to Parliament
  5. Farmers, growers and processors asked for views on AHDB

    • Press release
  6. Export success as global sales of UK food and drink reach record high

    • Press release
  7. £50m boost for British pork as export market opens in Taiwan

    • News story
  8. Re-appointments to the Board of AHDB

    • News story
  9. Farming regulation changes proposed

    • Press release
  10. Agreement signs development of new livestock traceability service

    • Press release