DENVER (AP) -- Six members of the Colorado congressional delegation are calling on leaders of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees to pass a farm bill this year.

Members of the delegation say the bill is needed to provide more certainty to farmers, ranchers and rural communities across Colorado.

The 2008 Farm Bill is set to expire in September. Supporters say if a new farm bill is not passed, important programs that support agricultural production in Colorado could be threatened.

Supporters are worried about major budget cuts they say could hurt the programs.

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