Welcome to the Texas AgriLife Extension, Glasscock County website. The county seat, Garden City, the only town in the county, has a population of 250 and is conveniently located about half way between the larger metropolitan cities of San Angelo and Midland. Glasscock County has a population of approximately 1,500, most of whom are scattered around the county on farms and ranches.
Comprising an area of 863 square miles, the county has an elevation that ranges from 2,300 to 2,750 feet and, over the last 10 years, has had average annual rainfall of 13 inches. Most county residents are involved in agricultural pursuits, and a substantial number of people live in and around St. Lawrence, a farming community in the southern part of the county. County-wide, there are 317 farms and 140,000 acres of cropland, most of which is irrigated with deep water wells. Some 85,000 acres are planted to cotton, but other crops include grain sorghum, wheat and peanuts. There are approximately 6,000 beef cattle, 7,000 sheep and 2,500 goats, in addition to both hogs and horses. The county is a substantial producer of oil and gas, and that industry is the county?s largest tax-producing entity.
The Extension Program, directed by the Glasscock County Extension Program Council, strives to serve a population who derives its main income from agriculture and small industry. One school district provides education for the youth of the county.
Mission: To provide quality, relevant outreach and continuing education programs and services to the people of Glasscock County. Extension brings the resources of the Texas A&M University System to Glasscock County. Through field based faculty, Extension provides unbiased, research-based information, educational programs, and technical assistance in the following core service areas:
On Wednesday, Zoetis Inc., the world’s largest animal-health company, announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted a conditional license for a vaccine to help fight porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in pigs. To receive the conditional license, the vaccine was shown to be safe in a field safety study, and a reasonable expectation of efficacy was demonstrated. Zoetis is working to complete the studies necessary to obtain full license in the United States. The PEDv Vaccine is a pre-farrowing vaccination of healthy pregnant sows and gilts… Read More →
New pest found in Concho Valley sorghum crops No control needed yet for sugarcane aphid, but situation is being closely monitored, expert says Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, firstname.lastname@example.org Contact: Rick Minzenmayer, 325-365-5212, email@example.com BALLINGER – Sugarcane aphids have jumped their primary host crop sugarcane, and have landed in the Concho Valley, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert warns. Rick Minzenmayer, AgriLife Extension entomologist for Runnels and Tom Green counties, said the pest is not new in the U.S., but what is new is its rapidly expanding range… Read More →
USDA issues federal reporting order on swine enteric coronavirus diseases; grants conditional vaccine license
USDA issues federal reporting order on swine enteric coronavirus diseases; grants conditional vaccine license In compliance with a recent United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) federal order requiring diagnostic laboratories to report swine enteric coronavirus diseases (SECD), the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) will disclose positive and negative test information for the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) and the porcine deltacoronavirus to the USDA and State animal health officials (SAHO). This order is effective as of June 5, 2014. Though PEDV has been an issue within… Read More →
Private Applicator Convenience Testing Flyer
Anytime there is congregation of swine, especially swine originating from different premises, there is an increased risk for the spread of diseases such as Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PEDv), Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), and influenza. Establishing and following sound biosecurity practices is the cornerstone for reducing the risk of spreading these diseases. With fall validation events rapidly approaching, the following are some considerations for swine owners and validation event organizers to consider the will help minimize disease exposure. Swine+Validation+Biosecurity+Revision PEDV_Flyer_Shows