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DENVER -- On Monday, as House Republicans determined to defund the Affordable Care Act steered the federal government toward shut down, the limping extension of the now-five-year-old law that governs the nation’s farm policy expired.
The titanic piece of legislation known simply as "the farm bill" is being debated again in Washington. The legislation is critical for Colorado, where agriculture contributes $40.7 billion annually to the state economy, making it the second-largest revenue-generating industry after tourism.