Preserving the Past, Building the Future
Freestone County is comprised of a land area of 885.2 square miles or 556,528 acres. Freestone County is listed amongst the top ten counties in beef cattle numbers. Our growing season averages 263 days a year. Freestone County is characterized as hot, humid summers and moderate winters. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year with peak accumulations in the spring and fall seasons. Ag commodities that dominated sales are beef cattle, hay, fruits, timber and hunting leases. Current market trends and weather patterns complicate production. Beef cattle and hay production continue to dominate all other ag enterprise in the area.
Freestone County has approximately 147,821 acres of rangeland, 340,914 acres of pastureland, 16,118 acres of cropland, 17,655 acres of forestland, 250 irrigated acres, 20, 376 acres of public land, and 28,553 acres of misc land. Freestone County is located in Senate Distric 5, House District 8, and Congressional District 5.
What is Extension?
Working hand-in-hand with its Texas A&M System partners, the state legislature, and the communities it serves, the mission of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to serve Texans through community-based education has remained unchanged for almost a century.
With a vast network of 250 county Extension offices and some 900 professional educators, the expertise provided by AgriLife Extension is available to every resident in every Texas county. But Extension educators are well-aware that a program offered in Dallas might not be relevant in the Rio Grande Valley. AgriLife Extension custom-designs its programs to different areas of the state, significantly depending on residents for input and program delivery.
The mission of AgriLife Extension is a seemingly simple one: improving the lives of people, businesses, and communities across Texas and beyond through high-quality, relevant education. Carrying out this mission, however, is a massive undertaking. One that requires the commitment of each and every one of the agency’s employees. Through the programs these employees provide, Texans are better prepared to:
- eat well, stay healthy, manage money, and raise their children to be successful adults.
- efficiently help themselves through preventing problems and using tools for economic stability and security.
- improve stewardship of the environment and of the state’s natural resources.
Today’s A&M AgriLife Extension is known for its leadership, dedication, expertise, responsiveness, and trustworthiness. Texans turn to AgriLife Extension for solutions, and its agents and specialists respond not only with answers, but with a significant return on investment to boost the Texas economy.