Members of Congress are returning to their districts and constituents for August recess without a clear path for passing a five-year farm bill before the current law expires on Sept. 30.

The recess is scheduled to run five weeks, encompassing both major party conventions and allowing Members to spend significant time in their districts prior to upcoming elections.

The Senate completed its farm bill work on June 21, and the House Agriculture Committee finalized its version of a 2012 farm and food policy proposal in the early hours of July 12.