- 4-H Connect – 4-H enrollment & registration system
- Hays County 4-H Blog – main source of info for 4-H
- Hays Co. Youth Programs Facebook page
- Hays Co. Ag & Natural Resources website
- Plum Creek Watershed Partnership
- The Urban Rancher
- Horticulture Information
- Oak Wilt
- Hays Co. Family & Consumer Sciences website
- Hays Co Diabetes Coalition Blog
- Hays Co. Child Care Providers Blog
- Hays County Government
2014 Hays County 4-H Gold Star Recipients
History of Hays County, Texas
The County of Hays was created by an act of the State Legislature on March 1, 1849, with the population of 387 people. It was named in honor of Captain Jack Hays, a noted Indian fighter and Texas Ranger.
The city of San Marcos is located in the Southeastern part of Hays County and serves as the county seat of 678 square miles of territory. To the east of San Marcos, the Blackland Prairie with its rich, fertile soil has offered agricultural opportunities. Crops include cotton, hybrid corn seed, small grains and hay. To the west, the Hill Country is largely devoted to ranching and boasts a large tourism industry.
The largest industry employment is in state and local government, due in part to the location of Texas State University in San Marcos. Also, wholesale and retail trade make significant contributions to the economy.
Demographically, the population is rapidly growing with a total population of 97,589 in 2000 and an estimated 15% growth rate each year, making the county one of the fastest growing counties in the state.
Texas AgriLife Extension plays a vital role in Hays County. We provide practical information and education to help people make their lives better and to help our communities and neighborhoods address their problems. Extension education programs promote economic development, environmental stewardship, family health and well-being, youth development, and better understanding of agriculture. The Texas Community Futures Forum (TCFF), a state-wide needs assessment, was sponsored by TCE in February of 2004. The following issues were identified as most important in Hays County:
- Water: conservation, quality, quantity, environment, protection and development of resources
- Economic Development: job growth, diversification, more jobs
- Increase in Family Values
- Taxes: financing public education, reduction of property taxes
- Roads and Transportation: maintenance, planning, control, ridership on public transportation