Plowing ahead: The Senate takes the first step on Tuesday to dispense with the long-delayed farm bill.

The Senate Agriculture Committee is set to mark up its version of the bill a day before its House counterpart follows suit.

Last year, the heads of the committees — Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) — made a valiant effort to push through a measure that could be signed by President Obama. But the House never took up the bill that moved through committee.

Expect another weighty effort this summer to reach a final compromise as farmers continue to operate under an extension of the 2008 bill.