While the issue of the latest iteration of the “farm bill” still waiting to make its way out of the halls of Congress has been largely absent from national headlines (the government shutdown and debt-ceiling fight, of course, absorbing most of the political oxygen), there are plenty of local and regional news outlets across the country just littered with updates on every twist and turn of the legislative process and the bill’s (and bills’) in-limbo status. The provisions of the current farm bill expired on the first of the month, and while the majority of the traditional legislative package is concerned with the federal food stamp program, the geographical devotion to the topic is a testament of just how much skin the agricultural sector has in the game.