Ministerial role

Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food


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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  2. Agreement signs development of new livestock traceability service

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  3. Application return deadline for Countryside Stewardship extended

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  4. Bridging Payments for Countryside Stewardship customers

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  5. New ‘Stamp out BVD’ funding for farmers in England announced

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  6. Improvements to Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme

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  7. £23.5m in small grants allocated to boost farming productivity

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  9. More than 44,000 responses to future farming consultation

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  10. Extension of Countryside Stewardship payment claim deadline

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