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. Flood-hit farm groups given £800,000

    • Press release
  2. £15 million boost for UK lamb exports

    • News story
  3. Peter Kendall reappointed AHDB Chair

    • News story
  4. Latest phase of discard ban takes effect

    • News story
  5. Sustainable fishing nets quota increases on key species

    • Press release
  6. Countryside Stewardship 2017 update

    • Press release
  7. Further measures to eradicate bovine TB

    • News story
  8. Less red tape for farmers as new animal movement rules go live

    • Press release
  9. Lamb exports to America closer

    • Press release
  10. £16 million for new technologies to improve global food production and security

    • Press release