The money comes from the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program administered through the Department of the Interior which compensates local governments for lost tax revenue from federal lands so the governments can continue to provide public services such as police and fire protection, road maintenance and school assistance.
It was announced Tuesday night that one year of PILT Program funds will be included in the Farm Bill conference report.
U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich were among a bipartisan coalition who wrote to Farm Bill negotiators to request an extension of the program, which expired at the end of last year with no plan for renewal.
Without an extension of PILT, rural counties were facing drastic budget and job cuts in June.
PILT payments are calculated based on the number of acres of federal entitlement land within each county and the population of the county.
Luna County has nearly 747,000 acres of federal Bureau of Land Management – or BLM – property within its boundaries.