The Wharton County Extension Office will be closed on the following dates:

January 1, 2024New Year's Day
January 15, 2024Martin Luther King Day
March 29, 2024Good Friday
May 27, 2024Memorial Day
July 4, 2024Independence Day
September 4, 2024Labor Day
November 24-25, 2024Thanksgiving Day
December 25-26, 2024Christmas Day


wharton County


Population (2000): 41,188
1,086 square miles

History: Wharton County was named for brothers William H. and John A. Wharton. The county was established after the Mexican War in 1846 from parts of Matagorda, Jackson and Colorado counties.

Topography: The Colorado River runs from northwest to southeast and flows through Glen Flora and Wharton. The county is drained by Mustang Creek in the extreme west, the Colorado River in the central portions, and the San Bernard River and West Bernard Creek in the eastern portions. Level to undulating plains rise toward the north and are marked by a timber belt of ash, pecan, live oak and other varieties of hardwood trees along the Colorado River. In an area referred to as Bay Prairie, prairie and bunch grasses, mesquite, and oak predominate. The upper northeastern portion, Lissie Prairie, is treeless with prairie and bunch grasses. Altitude varies from 50 to 200 feet.



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We provide programs, tools, and resources —local and statewide — that teach people how to improve agriculture and food production, advance health practices, protect the environment, strengthen our communities, and enrich youth.



Agriculture/Natural Resources:
Cotton, grain sorghum, rice, corn, soybeans, forage and hay production, beef cattle management, pesticide use and safety, water testing, and alternative agricultural enterprises.

Family and Community Health:
Food and nutrition, food safety, food preservation, diabetes education, elder care, financial management, parenting skills, clothing and textiles, Child Care Provider Education, Food Handlers and Food Protection Management training.

4-H Youth Development:
Project activities exist for youth, 3rd-12th grades in agriculture, family & consumer sciences, shooting sports, leadership, community service, veterinary sciences, horticulture, livestock and more. Youth will develop new skills, learn cooperation, develop leadership abilities, improve their citizenship and have fun.

Integrated Pest Management:
Provide subject matter information designed to strengthen county pest management programs. Programs and information are designed to better implement planning, execution and evaluation of control efforts as they relate to overall agricultural production or to the solution of pest problems in the county.