New Defra Secretary of State urged to seize opportunities for British farming

NFU President Minette Batters has congratulated the new Defra Secretary of State George Eustice on his appointment and says she looks forward to working with him to help pave the way for a thriving food and farming sector post-Brexit.

Mrs Batters said that the Secretary of State’s support will be crucial as British farming faces new opportunities and challenges in life outside the EU, and will play a key part in ensuring Britain’s food values are not compromised in future trade deals.

She said: “British farming is among the best in the world at producing safe, traceable and nutritious food and I look forward to working with the new Secretary of State to position British food and farming as a global leader in sustainable, high quality, climate-friendly food.

“George Eustice is well respected within the farming community for his knowledge and understanding of farming but also his hard work as a Minister in Defra over the past six years. I hope to welcome him on to my farm very soon to further discuss British farming’s potential as we start a life outside of the EU.”

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.