News Brief June 13, 2024

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NACo Advocacy Update: Counties Secure Key Wins in House and Senate 2024 Farm Bill Proposals

Join a national membership call Friday, June 13 at 11a.m. MDT

  • Increased funding for rural development programs that help rural counties invest in our communities and deliver essential services to residents 
  • Improvements to federal nutrition programs, supporting counties’ efforts to ensure vulnerable residents have access to healthy food 
  • More robust support for small and beginning farmers, ensuring that these producers can continue to serve as the backbone of our communities
  • Extension of key land management authorities to county governments, allowing counties to participate in joint land management projects on public lands to mitigate wildfire risk, improve forest health, and create new recreational opportunities for residents and visitors
  • In the House version, a three-year reauthorization of Secure Rural Schools (SRS), which provides critical financial support to forest counties, funding services like education, infrastructure and emergency response

For the 2024 Farm Bill Primer click here

Download the Annual Conference Program Here

Onsite registration begins Monday, June 17 at 2 p.m. NMHU Wilson Gym

Opening General Session

Wilson Gym

New Mexico Highlands University

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Call to Order  

NMC President & Eddy County Sheriff

Mark Cage

National Anthem

Performed by Legendari

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Mayor of Las Vegas David Romero

Keynote Address

“Laughter is Medicine”

Danny Adams, “The Facilitator of Fun”

Announcement of Nominations for

President Elect & Vice President

NMC President & Eddy County

Sheriff Mark Cage


President Cage calls for a recess until 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 

Sponsor & Exhibitor

Networking Breakfast

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Wilson Gym NMHU Exhibit Hal

(north & south wings - through main entrance)

Kick off the day by grabbing a handheld breakfast item and a cup of coffee while networking with our sponsors and exhibitors from around the state and the country. Learn about the different products and services that are available for specific county needs.

Onsite registration Mon. June 17, 2p.m.


Recognition Awards Luncheon 

Wilson Gym

New Mexico Highlands University

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

(Doors open for Exhibitor Passport

Pursuit/lunch at 11:30 a.m.)

Call to Order

NMC President & Eddy County Sheriff

Mark Cage

Legislative Excellence Award

Senator Steve Neville 

Risk Awareness Program (RAP) Awards

NMC Loss Prevention Manager Greg Rees

RAP—Eddy, Curry, Sandoval, Valencia, Roosevelt, & San Miguel Counties

NM EDGE County College Graduation

Program Director Christy Green &

Program Coordinator Jeanine Eden

Gathering of Counties

Nominations for President Elect &

Vice President

NMC President & Eddy County Sheriff

Mark Cage

President Cage calls for a recess until 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2024

Golden Ticket

Deep in the crowds of our annual

conference, two sponsors hold the golden ticket that unlocks a treasure. It may not be quite like Forrest Fenn's, but it's sure to gild your experience. Where will you find them? Keep an eye out for Dominion Voting & HF Sinclair.

ISO: NMC Loss Prevention Specialist

NMC is a nonprofit nonpartisan organization. Minimum skills include Associate degree in business administration or related field. Four (4) years of work experience in loss prevention and safety administration. Substitutions and/or exceptions for the required education and experience may be considered and authorized by NMAC management.

Implements policies, procedures, and strategies to control losses related to human, capital, and financial resources of member counties. Conducts audits, inspections of county operations, and provides improvement strategies to NMAC and county executives. Excellent benefits package. Offices located in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. This is a remote work position with some flexibility to work out of an office.. Email resume, cover letter, and references by June 28, 2024, to Greg Rees, Salary DOE.  

State Invites Eligible Entities to Apply for New Mexico Match Fund

Beginning June 12, 2024. The $75 million DFA fund offers three grant opportunities: 1) Matching Grant - for eligible entities to meet the minimum match requirement

2) Project Implementation Grant - for recipients of a Matching Grant requiring capacity funding

3) Federal Compliance Offset Grant - for eligible entities that demonstrate higher project costs due to compliance with federal funding. For questions, contact

NM EMNRD Forestry Division Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant FY25 Distribution

Application period: August 19, 2024-September 27, 2024 (40-day period)

This funds equipment and training for financial, technical, and related assistance to organize, train and equip local firefighters for the protection of rural areas and communities of 10,000 persons or less. Starting in 2024 (FY25) vendor quotes are required for all equipment and supply requests. Read more



Link to NMC 2024 Annual Meetings Calendar

Link to Loss Prevention Trainings Calendar & RSVP

June NM EDGE Classes (Live online) 6/4, 6/5, 6/11, 6/12, 6/13, 6/25, 6/26, 6/27

Mon Jun 17-20 NMC 87th Annual Conference San Miguel County, Las Vegas

Mon Jun 17-18 NM EDGE Classes San Miguel County NMHU

Tue Jun 18 NMC Board of Directors meeting 4pm San Miguel County NMHU Student Center (SUB) Ballroom

Thu Jun 20 NMC Board of Directors election of officers 10am-11am San Miguel County NMHU Student Center (SUB) Ballroom

Tue July 9 Legislative Initiatives Review w/Legislative Committee 10am NMC Santa Fe Office, affiliate chairs present legislative initiatives

Fri July 12-16 NACo Annual Conference Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL

Thu Aug 1-2 NMC Board of Directors Legislative meeting 2pm & Board meeting 8:30am Curry County

Tue Aug 13-15 Finance & Purchasing Affiliate 1st Conference TBD

Tue Aug 13-16 NMML Annual Conference Curry County, Clovis

Wed Aug 14 NMCIA Board of Directors meeting 8:30am Roosevelt County

Sept NM EDGE classes (Live online) 9/5, 9/10, 9/11, 9/12, 9/17, 9/18, 9/19, 9/24, 9/25, 9/26

Thu Sept 12 Gathering of Counties, NM State Fair, Albuquerque, County booths and Presentation of County Queens

Tue Sept 17 NMCRe Captive Board meeting 1pm virtual

Fri Oct 4 NMC Board of Directors meeting 8:30am Los Alamos County

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