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

  • food and farming, including CAP (Common Agricultural Policy), apprenticeships, exports, and bovine TB (tuberculosis) policy
  • fisheries
  • better regulation
  • 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 success as global sales of UK food and drink reach record high
  2. £50m boost for British pork as export market opens in Taiwan
  3. Re-appointments to the Board of AHDB
  4. Farming regulation changes proposed
  5. Agreement signs development of new livestock traceability service
  6. Application return deadline for Countryside Stewardship extended
  7. Bridging Payments for Countryside Stewardship customers
  8. New ‘Stamp out BVD’ funding for farmers in England announced
  9. Improvements to Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme
  10. £23.5m in small grants allocated to boost farming productivity