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.

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  1. Sustainable fishing nets quota increases for UK fishermen

    • Press release
  2. Share of £50,000 pot to be won by small food & drink business innovators

    • Press release
  3. New protections for lobster stocks

    • Press release
  4. Global demand for British beer boosts exports

    • Press release
  5. Badger vaccination scheme relaunched in fight against bovine TB

    • Press release
  6. Huge export win to China for UK food producers

    • News story
  7. Flood-hit farm groups given £800,000

    • Press release
  8. £15 million boost for UK lamb exports

    • News story
  9. Peter Kendall reappointed AHDB Chair

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  10. Latest phase of discard ban takes effect

    • News story