CLA President Ross Murray said: “I am pleased to welcome Michael Gove to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs brief. He brings significant experience, a reputation for robust challenge of the status quo and a reformer’s zeal. These are all qualities that will serve the land based sector well.
"Defra has a major role to play in both the negotiations and in preparing for life after the UK exits the EU.
"I look forward to working with him and his team and we are eager to get on with addressing the big challenges ahead."