Welcome to Jackson County & Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Jackson County is located in the Coastal Prairies region southwest of Houston, bordered by both Lavaca and Carancahua Bays Jackson County is bounded by Calhoun, Victoria, Lavaca, Colorado, Wharton, and Matagorda counties.



Jackson County kicked off Walk Across Texas! On Tuesday, February 16 at the Jackson County Courthouse. Walk Across Texas is an 8 week program where teams work together to walk 832 miles across Texas. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, along with Healthy South Texas Jackson County has 31 teams signed up to participate in this program, which means Jackson County is working to walk 25,792 miles. After a kickoff speech by Donna Coleman from the Jackson County Hospital District, the teams walked together around the courthouse square for the official kickoff walk. Teams took the opportunity to show their team spirit, and the Navidad Neighbors won the most spirited team award. The Jackson County Hospital District provided lunch for all the participants. Walk Across Texas will be continuing in Jackson County for the next 8 weeks, with a wrap up party occurring on April 12 at the Jackson County Services Building Auditorium.


Edna, the county’s largest town, is the county seat. Other communities include Carancahua, Francitas, Ganado, Lolita, and LaWard. Jackson County currently has a population of 14, 274.

Jackson County is one of the original counties of Texas. It was formed in 1836 from the old Mexican municipality of Jackson. Six of Stephen F. Austin’s Old Three Hundred families settled here. In 1835, colonists met at the Millican Gin about 4 miles north of Edna and wrote and ratified a series of resolutions similar to those eventually found in the Texas Declaration of Independence.

Between 41 and 50 percent of Jackson County land is deemed prime farmland. With an average annual temperature of 70°, the county has a subtropical, humid climate. Temperatures in January vary from an average low of 43° F to an average high of 63° and in July range from 75° to 94°. The average annual rainfall is forty inches. The growing season averages 285 days; the first freeze normally occurs in early December and the last in late February.

Recreation activities in the county include hunting, fishing, and camping. Local attractions include the Texana Museum, Lake Texana State Park, the Brackenridge Plantation campground, and the Brackenridge Recreation Complex.

In communities like ours, Texas Agrilife Extension is uniquely qualified to provide reliable, research-based information directly to our residents through the work of the County Extension Agents and other Extension staff.

In addition, Extension volunteers help provide education in areas related to horticulture, 4-H and Youth Development, family life, and nutrition.

Texas A& M Agrilife Extension’s educational programs promote community and economic development, environmental stewardship, family health and well-being, youth development and better understanding of agriculture and coastal issues.

If you are interested in learning more about how Texas Agrilife Extension can help you improve your life, please contact us.