Farm lobbyists are pushing back heavily against a conservative drive to split off the food stamp and farm subsidy portions of the trillion-dollar farm bill.

The farm bill failed spectacularly on the House floor late last month because it contained too few food stamp cuts for conservatives and too many for liberals.

During the current recess, House leaders are polling their members to see if separating the bill would allow a path forward for the farm subsidies bill, a path that is needed by the time the 2008 farm bill expires on Sept. 30.