Lobbyists on the farm bill are facing crunch time this week, even with lawmakers in both chambers out of town.

Staff for the House Agriculture Committee are putting the finishing touches on a five-year farm bill that would set the nation on a track to spend at least $900 billion on farm subsidies and food stamps over the next decade.

K Street is eagerly expecting a draft summary to circulate Thursday or Friday.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) is proceeding with a July 11 markup of the measure, despite the leadership scheduling a healthcare repeal vote for that day. Lucas expects the committee to need at least three days to finish because of the large number of amendments.