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Callahan County is in the Rolling Plains region of Central Texas on Interstate Highway 20 east of Abilene. The county is bounded on the north by Shackelford and Jones counties, on the east by Eastland County, on the south by Coleman and Brown counties, and on the west by Taylor County. The county seat is Baird. The largest town, Clyde, is nine miles east of Abilene and roughly 162 miles west of Fort Worth. The center point of the county is at 32 18′ north latitude and 99 23′ west longitude. In addition to Interstate 20, the county’s transportation needs are served by U.S. highway 283 and State highway 36. Callahan County embraces 899 square miles of grassy prairie. The elevation ranges from 1,500 to 1,900 feet. The county is divided by a low range of hills known as the Callahan Divide, which runs from east to west. The region to the north is in the Brazos River basin, and the area to the south is in the Colorado River basin. Most of the county has light to dark loamy soils with clayey to loamy subsoils. In the southeast the soils are light-colored with loamy to sandy surface layers and clayey subsoils. Between 21 and 30 percent of the land in the county is considered prime farmland. The eastern quarter of the county has vegetation typical of the Cross Timbers and Prairies regions-a variety of grasses, including mesquite grass, red grama, red love grass, tumble grass, and Texas grama, and small stands of trees, including mesquite, post oak, live oak, and pecan. The southwest corner has tall grasses. The remainder of the county has short to mid-height grasses, with some mesquite, juniper, and cacti. The climate features mild winters and warm summers. Temperatures range in January from an average low of 31 F to an average high of 56 , and in July from 71 to 96 . The average annual rainfall is twenty-five inches. The growing season averages 230 days a year, with the last freeze in late March and the first in early to mid November.
Mission: To provide quality, relevant outreach and continuing education programs and services to the people of Callahan County.
Extension brings the resources of the Texas A&M University System to Callahan County. Through field based faculty, Extension provides unbiased, researched-based information, educational programs, and technical assistance in the following core service areas:
- Community & economic development
- Environmental stewardship
- Individual & family capacity
- Youth development