Deaf Smith County
The Deaf Smith County Extension is an arm of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, which teaches Texans wherever they live, extending research-based knowledge to benefit their families and communities. The information provided by the Extension includes; agriculture, healthy living and educational outreach through 4-H.
Deaf Smith County is located on the western edge of the Panhandle, is bounded on the west by New Mexico, on the north by Oldham County, on the east by Randall County, and on the south by Parmer and Castro counties. It was named for Erastus “Deaf” Smith, a famous scout of the Texas Revolution.
Today, cattle feeding is the main industry and Hereford calls itself the "Cattle Capital of the World". There are more than three million cattle fed within a 50-mile radius of the city, which is nestled in a large grain-producing area where farming is abundant. Dairy production in the county increased dramatically in 2008, when Deaf Smith County ranked in the state's top five in milk production. These three agribusiness industries provide the economic base for the county.