Both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees are looking to markup a Farm Bill in mid-April. There are rumors it could even happen the same week. The retirements of former Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) and the defeat of Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN) are considered a setback for the Farm Bill’s energy title, as they were two champions of that title. However, Ranking member Thad Cochran (R-MS) is expected to be more favorably disposed to bioenergy programs than his predecessor, Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS).