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, watermelons and pecans. 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: