Concho County Extension Office

Welcome to Concho County

Welcome to Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Concho County. Located in Central Texas, Concho County straddles the northern edge of the Edwards Plateau. The county derives its name from the Concho (or “Shell”) River, which in turn was named for the large number of mussels found there. Paint Rock, the county seat, is situated in the north central part of the county on U.S. Highway 83, approximately thirty miles east of San Angelo. Concho County comprises 992 square miles. The Extension Program, directed by the Concho County Extension Program Council, strives to serve a population who derives its main income from a mix of agriculture, small industry, and other commercial opportunities. The county’s two incorporated cities include Paint Rock and Eden. These cities, along with many small communities, contribute a rich cultural background of German, Czech, Polish, Spanish, Irish, and English influences. Two school districts, Paint Rock and Eden, provide education for the youth of the county. Major points of interest in the county include Lake O. H. Ivie, 17 miles to the northeast of Paint Rock; Native American Pictographs, 1 mile north of Paint Rock; Ingrid’s Wool Factory, located in downtown Paint Rock; Lowake Steak House, located 17 miles northwest in Rowena; the Earnest and Dorthy Barrow Foundation Museum, 5 miles east of Eola; Concho Springs Golf Course, 1 mile south of Eden; and Venison World, located at the intersection of HWY 83 and HWY 87.

Mission: To provide quality, relevant outreach and continuing education programs and services to the people of Concho County.

Extension brings the resources of the Texas A&M University System to Concho County. Through field based faculty, Extension provides unbiased, research-based information, educational programs, and technical assistance in the following core service areas:

  • Agriculture
  • Community & Economic Development
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Nutrition and Family Development
  • Youth Development