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. More than 44,000 responses to future farming consultation

    • Press release
  2. Extension of Countryside Stewardship payment claim deadline

    • News story
  3. BPS 2018 applications due in the next two weeks

    • Press release
  4. Further restrictions on neonicotinoids agreed

    • News story
  5. UK’s artisan chocolates an international favourite this Easter

    • Press release
  6. New Seafish Chair announced

    • News story
  7. Food and drink companies fuel passion for innovation with share of £50,000 prize

    • Press release
  8. Export win for UK food producers as lamb market reopens in Saudi Arabia

    • News story
  9. Bovine TB strategy review

    • Press release
  10. New measures to help farmers and growers in the food supply chain

    • Press release