It was expected, but the appointment of Phil Hogan, Ireland’s commissioner designate to the agriculture portfolio is a significant moment for Irish farmers. The Kilkenny man takes over the commissionership with the largest budget in the EU at €60bn – 40% of the entire budget. Its influence is arguably unmatched within the comissiion cabinet.

Phil Hogan gave his first interview as commissioner to the Irish Farmers Journal, outlining the philosophy he will bring to the job, pivotal to the future of Irish and European farming, and indeed farming across the planet.