This year’s student program offers exciting meet-and-greets with Festival speakers and top-level sponsors, exclusive student-only events (including a live TribCast recording), countless networking opportunities and, of course, free food! Each student who registers for the Festival at the special student rate of $50 will receive a Festival badge granting them full access to the Trib Fest programming, including noteworthy panels on energy and the environment, as well as access to the student lounge and events. If a $50 ticket is out of reach, students can volunteer for a 4-hour shift at the Festival and attend for free!


See the attached flyer below for more details!


Texas Tribune Festival



1 position to be hired as EITHER: Farm Loan Officer Trainee or Farm Loan Officer
Hidalgo County FLP Team
Edinburg, Texas
Closing Date: September 2, 2014

GS-1165-05/07 – FLOT
Link: https://my.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/378936000
Announcement number: FSA-14-0488-TX-VB (Open to all sources)
GS-1165-09 – FLOT
Link: https://my.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/378936100
Announcement number: FSA-14-0489-TX-VB (Open to all sources)

The American Stewards of Liberty, Capital Farm Credit and the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Auxiliary are sponsoring a Letter-Writing Contest to encourage young people to take an interest in writing members of Congress. The Contest is open to American students/citizens who are juniors or seniors in Texas high schools in the fall of 2014 or plan to enroll in any college or university in the 2015 school year. Current college students are eligible to enter and must have graduated from a Texas high school. Home schoolers are welcome. This contest is for Texas residents only.


For more information visit: http://www.tsgra.com/news.php#letter-writing-contest


TSGRA Writing Contest

Last week, our Department’s Financial Planning program learned that they were successful in landing a competitive grant of $25,000 for an emerging program from the TD Ameritrade Institutional NextGen Program. They award only one of these per year, and selection was based on the application that was submitted in May.

As a grant winner, they were invited to send two representatives to visit the New York Stock Exchange for an event, including participation in the closing bell ceremony, on Monday, July 21. Representing Texas A&M University were faculty member Nathan Harness and senior student Mariel Braun. This is great publicity for our program.

To watch the closing bell, go to: https://www.nyse.com/bell or you can view it at

This is great publicity for Texas A&M, the Department of Agricultural Economics, and for the Financial Planning program, and we are very proud of them!


Don’t forget to follow @ageconomics and @aggie_planners on Twitter for recent updates on the Department and the program!


Financial Planning Logo

Liberty Mutual Internship

Claims Specialist Internship – Greater Dallas Area – Summer 2014

Liberty Mutual’s internship program gives you the chance to work on a variety of critical business assignments, test your skills, use your academic knowledge and match your interests to a real job.

As a Liberty Mutual Claims Intern , you will have the unique opportunity to develop skills necessary for success in Claims from an insurance company known for integrity, responsibility, and outstanding service. You will start by gaining exposure to property, auto, bodily injury unit, special investigative unit and other claims functions.

Working towards Bachelor’s degree, with a competitive academic standing
Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Additional requirements might apply
Strong interpersonal skills, both written and verbal
Excellent analytical and organizational skills
Demonstrated customer service and negotiation skills
Attention to detail in a fast-paced work environment

To apply: Please visit http://www.LibertyMutualCampus.com and click “Apply Now” and search for job #48326

Liberty Mutual Claims Specialist Internship

The Economic Research Service (ERS) of USDA is now accepting applications for 2014 summer interns.


The ERS mission is to inform and enhance public and private decision making on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, the environment, and rural development.  ERS internships are paid positions and a great opportunity for students to develop research experience, participate on research teams working on high-impact, policy relevant research topics, gain access to ERS data and tools, develop thesis and dissertation material, develop professional contacts and experience the best that Washington has to offer (interns participate in activities ranging from White House and congressional tours to the NASS “lock-up”).


The vacancy announcement is posted on USAJOBS.COM and can be accessed at the following link:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/363991700


Note the short application period:  Applications will be received until Friday, March 21, 2014.


For more information on ERS’ research program, please check out our webpage:  http://www.ers.usda.gov/


Please see the following link for a flyer regarding this opportunity:

Summer Internships at ERS

FSA Vacancy Announcement

Good morning everyone,

The Farm Service Agency has another Vacancy Announcement for 1 Farm Loan Officer-Trainee to be located in Sulphur Springs, TX.  Deadline to apply is February 24, 2014.  Individuals interested in applying for this career opportunity with the FSA can click on the following links below:

The following Texas FSA vacancies are currently open in USAJOBS.  When applying for positions through USAJOBS, please follow the instructions in the announcement carefully and provide all requested documentation.  Each vacancy announcement has a contact person listed in the announcement who can assist if you have any difficulties with the application process.


LOAN ASSISTANT (Farm Loan Officer Trainee) – GS-1165-05/07

Hopkins County, Sulphur Springs, TX

(There are two announcements for this position, one open to ALL sources and open to current FSA GS/CO employees.  Employees who wish to compete through both announcements, must submit a complete application for each announcement.)

Closing Date:  February 24, 2014

Links:    https://my.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/361744000


 Announcement numbers:          UK1051751-TX-AD  (all sources)

UK1049983-TX-VB  (current FSA CO/GS employees)


LOAN SPECIALIST (Farm Loan Officer Trainee) – CO-1165-09

Hopkins County, Sulphur Springs, TX

(There are two announcements for this position, one open to ALL sources and open to current FSA GS/CO employees.  Employees who wish to compete through both announcements, must submit a complete application for each announcement.)

Closing Date:  February 24, 2014

Links:    https://my.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/361741200


Announcement numbers:           UK1051725-TX-AD  (all sources)

                                                                UK1049985-TX-VB  (current FSA CO/GS employees)

Please distribute.  Thanks.

Erasmo (Eddie) Trevino
Farm Loan Chief
USDA, Farm Service Agency
Texas State Office
P.O. Box 2900
College Station, Texas 77840
Tel: 979-680-5220
Fax: 979-680-5237



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