The Moore County Extension is an arm of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, which teaches Texans by extending research-based knowledge to benefit their families and communities. The Extension offers science based information on agriculture, healthy living, and provides educational opportunities through 4-H.
Moore County is located in the north central part of the panhandle of Texas, bordered by Sherman, Hutchinson, Potter, and Hartley counties. Dumas, the county seat, is located in the center of the county, about forty-eight miles north of Amarillo. The area is named for Commodore Edwin Ward Moore, the commander of the Texas Navy during Republic of Texas. Moore County occupies 909 square miles of the High Plains.
The sandy and loam soils support abundant native grasses as well as various local crops such as wheat, corn, milo, and other grains. In general, the terrain consists of nearly level prairies varied by the Canadian River brakes in the southeast and by Grapevine, Plum, South Palo Duro, North Palo Duro, and Big Blue creeks, which flow west to east and drain into the Canadian River. Part of Lake Meredith, a man-made lake on the Canadian River, is in the far southeastern corner of the county.
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