Although the federal government remains shut down, Congress is making some progress on conferencing the Farm Bill. Both the House and the Senate have named conferees who will negotiate a compromise Farm Bill. It is unclear how quickly that process will unfold, since Congress must also resolve the debt ceiling and government funding issues. However, we are already engaging with conferees to protect and advocate for our organic priorities. Conferees for the Senate are Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Max Baucus (D-MT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), John Boozman (R-AR), and John Hoeven (R-ND). Conferees in the House are Frank Lucas (R-OK), Steve King (R-IA) Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), Mike Rogers (R-AL), Michael Conaway (R-TX), Glenn Thompson (R-PA), Austin Scott (R-GA), Rick Crawford (R-AR), Martha Roby (R-AL), Kristi Noem (R-SD), Jeff Denham (R-CA), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Steve Southerland (R-FL), Ed Royce (R-CA), Tom Marino (R-PA), Dave Camp (R-MI), Sam Johnson (R-TX), Collin Peterson (D-MN), Mike McIntyre (D-NC), Jim Costa (D-CA), Tim Walz (D-MN), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-CA), Filemon Vela (D-TX), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Eliot Engel (D-NY), and Sandy Levin (D-MI).