Texas A&M AgriLife Offices

Office of Federal Relations

The Office of Federal Relations was established to enhance the programs of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the Texas A&M Forest Service, and the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory by building support at the federal level. The office is responsible for maintaining consistency and coordination of contact with these supporters while promoting and striving for funding for numerous programs and initiatives.

The College also works at a federal level by providing students with substantial internship experience working  full-time on Capitol Hill for a member of the Texas Congressional Delegation, the House Committee on Agriculture, or other agencies that focus on agriculture or natural resources. Since 1990, the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program has been sending students to Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas, to learn about policy, get practical work experience, and build a professional network. Learn more about the program.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Office of Federal Relations is located at:

534 John Kimbrough Blvd., 1st Floor
2259 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-2259
Main office phone: 979.458.1637
Office fax: 979.845.1527

Federal Relations Staff

Rick Mertens

Rick Mertens
Associate Director for Federal Relations – Agriculture and Natural Resources
1747 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 400,
Washington, DC 20006
Email: richard.mertens@tamu.edu
Phone: 202.684.9932

Ron Lacewell

Ron Lacewell, PhD
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Federal Relations

Neville Clarke

Neville Clarke, PhD
Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor

Stephanie Payton
Executive Assistant II