Aides to House Republican leaders said Wednesday that they are still considering how to proceed with legislation establishing federal farm and food aid policy after news reports suggested that top leadership had settled on a strategy.

The current farm bill expires  Sept. 30 and federal policy on food aid and farming would revert back to a 1940s-era law in January if Congress fails to act.

Before departing for the August recess, the House passed a Farm Bill by splitting apart funding for nutritional programs and federal food stamps from language dealing with agriculture and conservation programs, a move that broke with decades of legislative precedence and infuriated the White House, congressional Democrats and some farm-state Republicans.