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Commissioners' Court approved to enter into a lease agreement with the Mercado Delta. This agreement establishes a partnership between Hidalgo County and the Mercado, located in the Edcouch-Elsa Delta Region, to promote economic development and sustainable living activities for the region. Through the agreement, Texas Agrilife Extension Services will occupy some space at the facility, and begin developing a series of activities that will spur economic, educational, and recreational activities for residents. Flor Leal, from the Office of U. S. Congressman Ruben Hinojosa, discussed the mutual benefits of the agreement, touting the past successes of the Agrilife Extension Services to promote organic farmers' market and growing activities. Leal also mentioned the impending approval of a grant from the U. S. Department of Agriculture to be attributed towards activities at the Mercado. The total lease amount is for $20,750 for use of the facility and property through the end of the year.