Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

George Eustice MP

Biography

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.

Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Responsibilities include:

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

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for farming, food and marine environment

    • 2013 to 2015

Announcements

  1. Export boost for UK industry as India opens market to British sheep meat
  2. Review of government’s bovine TB strategy published
  3. Gove launches Fisheries Bill to take back control of UK waters
  4. £30 million commitment to help farmers boost productivity
  5. Defra approves sale of Sequoia for use only in greenhouses
  6. BPS 2018 payments exchange rate set
  7. Dry weather support secured for livestock farmers
  8. £3m support scheme launched to reduce air pollution from farming
  9. Bridging Payments for Environmental Stewardship customers
  10. New data shows drop in bovine TB as further measures to fight disease unveiled