Owen Paterson revealed today that the badger cull in Gloucestershire had been a failure
They had hoped for rows of super-crops but the reality of genetic modification is the sight of horticulture behind high security.
In an article for ITV News, farmer Gareth Barlow describes the tough year for the industry and calls for better contingency crisis planning
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said the UK should be "proud" of the "fantastic" job farmers do.
He will hold a summit today to discuss the financial worries of many farmers after a year of bad weather.
He added: "This last year has been particularly tough. Farming contributes a huge amount to our environment and our economy.
"We want to ensure that farmers are able to deal with challenges like bad weather, to grow their businesses, create new jobs and help the country compete in the global race."
A landmark summit will be held by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson to help farmers after a "particularly tough" year.
Banks, charities and farming representatives will attend the meeting at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Ways of improving farmers' access to financial support after a year of bad weather will be discussed.
TV presenter and bird lover Bill Oddie has launched an online tirade against the Environment Secretary Owen Paterson.
Writing on his Twitter account, Mr Oddie voices a long list of grievances against the Secretary which include his alleged support of the badger cull, pesticides that harm bees and the hunting act.
Owen Paterson. Secretary for the Environment? AGAINST the environment, yes. British Wildlife is not safe with this man or this government.
What does Owen Paterson really mean by management? Hunting? Shooting? Poisoning? All three? cont.
Who has approved a badger cull despite authoritative science saying it wont help eradicate Bovine TB? Owen Paterson cont.
Mr Paterson, who does not have a Twitter account, does not appear to have responded to the accusations so far.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson told the National Farmers' Union's annual conference that food business operators need to "get out there and win back the confidence of their customers" following the horsemeat scandal.
Mr Paterson said it was the "primary responsibility" of these businesses to ensure food is of the right quality and correctly labelled before it is sold.
He told the audience, "It is totally unacceptable that anyone should buy something labelled beef and end up with horsemeat. That is fraud".
"I am determined that this criminal activity should be stopped and that anyone who has defrauded the customer must feel the full force of law", he added.
The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has spoken after the meeting with supermarket bosses and representatives from the food industry on the horsemeat crisis:
Owen Paterson on #horsemeat: the industry is committed to working as hard as they can to get out the remainder of test results by Friday
Owen Paterson on #horsemeat: within the food industry there is an absolute determination to restore consumer confidence in their products
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has branded TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh a "complete muppet" for criticising the Government's countryside policies.
Mr Paterson said the gardener "missed completely everything we're doing", during an interview with the Daily Telegraph.
The rebuke came after Mr Titchmarsh questioned the response to ash dieback disease and warned that the Conservative Party had lost its roots in rural areas.
At the launch of the 100th Chelsea Flower Show last month, Mr Titchmarsh said: "Time was when the Tory party was the party of the Shires and understood how the countryside works.
"There seems to me very little investment in rural areas and the countryside. We have to look after agriculture and horticulture: growing things. This is how we feed ourselves."
The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has said that the Government has done "the right thing at the right time" over ash dieback.
Asked by the BBC whether the ban on ash tree imports had been too late, he said the restrictions would have been pointless because no trees are planted during the summer months.
He said the issue was being dealt with at "the highest level" of Government.