House leaders pulled the one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill (H.R. 6228) from the House Rules Committee’s agenda July 31 under criticism from farm groups. House leaders had proposed the measure July 27, and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) said it would provide a route to conference with the Senate on a five-year farm bill. On August 2, the House approved, 223-197, legislation (H.R. 6233) to provide $383 million in aid to help livestock producers hurt by the widespread drought. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) said last week that she would work on a bipartisan disaster relief bill if the chambers cannot make progress on a farm bill by September; the 2008 bill expires September 30.