Secretary of State at the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Teresa Villiers, attended Countryfile Live on 1 August and gave her first speech since taking office.
Teresa Villiers noted that the rural economy generates nearly £250 billion a year for the UK's overall GDP and she applauded the achievements of farmers to produce the highest quality food to some of the toughest safety and animal welfare standards in the world.
Recognising the increased preparations for EU exit on 31 October she considered the future. Commentary on a post-Brexit farming economy included:
Her speech finished by focusing on the wider themes of sustainability, biodiversity and the natural environment and a hope for this to be the first generation to hand on the natural environment in a better state than we found it.