Since it expired in September, Congress has not advanced a comprehensive farm bill, but that could be changing soon if Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow of Michigan has her way.

Without a five-year ag bill, some dairy farmers have been among the hardest hit as a safety net programs have expired and cattle farmers struggled over the summer without a drought relief program. Other important benefactors of the legislation, however, have yet to notice its expiration. Farmers needing crop insurance have been able to access it and food assistance programs have continued to be paid for through other funding channels.