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Members of the House-Senate conference committee are expected to be named this week. However, with many items on the agenda, it's unclear just how soon they'll be able to get down to brass tacks concerning the farm bill. The Senate Ag Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Secretary of Agriculture nominee Ed Schafer on Thursday, the State of the Union is next week on Jan. 28 and both parties in the House of Representatives are holding retreats during the next two weeks. So it may be February before any substantial work is done on the farm bill.