After years of delays, public negotiations on a new five-year Farm Bill are scheduled to begin next week, lawmakers announced Wednesday.

The first public meeting of the Farm Bill conference committee will be held next Wednesday afternoon and will be chaired by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.). (By tradition, responsibility for chairing Farm Bill conference committees alternates between the two chambers, and the House is up this time around.)

The Senate passed its comprehensive Farm Bill in the early summer, while the House passed its farm policy and food aid proposals in two separate measures after a large bloc of conservative lawmakers insisted on splitting the legislation apart. The legislation will be stitched together for the sake of a House-Senate compromise.