Agriculture leaders in Congress began opening up this week about their plans for the 2012 farm bill process.

The leaders — and the ag community at large — have been examining options for renewing the law since attempts to attach a farm policy proposal to a debt reduction bill failed with the debt-deficit super committee last month. 

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said Congress must complete the farm bill rewrite before the current bill expires. Speaking at a forum in Washington, she said her Committee will resume hearings on farm bill issues in January, with the goal of having an “initial product” by spring.