The effort to reauthorize the 2008 farm bill before it expires on Sept. 30 kicked into high gear this week, with the Senate Agriculture Committee moving up two previously-scheduled farm bill hearings, and the House Agriculture Committee announcing it will start a series of four field hearings next week.

Senate Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) announced early in the week that scheduled hearings on nutrition and farm policy issues will be moved up, to March 7 and March 14, respectively. House Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) announced Thursday that field hearings will be held in New York, Illinois, Arkansas and Kansas.

More on the House schedule is at