Other members include Kent MPs Tom Tugendhat, Gordon Henderson and Helen Grant. Along with Henderson, Matt Warman, Pete Wishart and Kerry McCarthy have all been elected as vice-chairs of the group.
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With doubts only growing on the availability of overseas seasonal workers to pick next year's crops, growers will have to compete extra hard to lure increasingly savvy potential recruits, industry figures suggest.
Growers need to prepare for potential water restrictions if rainfall fails to reach 10-15% more than normal in some areas this winter.
Industry figures are hoping for a more "risk-based" approach to pesticide regulation following a recent address by farming minister George Eustice who also called for more use of natural predators and biocides to supplement chemical based products.
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