Woodall noted that some livestock groups, and especially the NCBA, have been against the bill due to concern that it would set a precedent for HSUS to dictate housing standards of other farm sectors.
"Congress has never told us how to produce that calf or lay that egg. This would completely change that dynamic and set a precedent that we're afraid other activist groups will then use to come after all of the rest of us in animal agriculture," Woodall said.
However, Woodall added that the amendment process could still allow the egg bill to be included in the larger Farm Bill.
Still on track to hit the floor
Tuesday's Farm Bill movements come just days after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., released a memo to House Republicans outlining support for floor time on the 2013 Farm Bill.
In the memo, Cantor outlined legislative priorities for the summer, and noted he expected "a heavy legislative workload in the summer months leading up to the August recess."
Additionally, he said, "we will consider a Farm bill produced by the Agriculture Committee and Frank Lucas. We have a busy legislative agenda planned this summer and our schedule will undoubtedly require further additions."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced last week he is open to bringing the bill to the Senate floor quickly, even prior to immigration debates in June.
Battle continues over SNAP
Even if the bill does make it to the floor, it won't come easy. Some farm groups speculate that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will be a big hang-up in committee mark-up. Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., reportedly plans to cut the program by $20 billion over 10 years, according to the Tulsa World.
On the flip side, Senate Ag Committee member Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., has said she will stand by the nearly one-third of her colleagues in pushing the ag committee to fully fund the SNAP program and restore $4 billion in cuts that were proposed under last year's senate bill.
Gillibrand said the proposed cuts would result in an average benefit reduction of $90 per month for nearly half a million households. Additionally, the senator said she would propose an amendment to the Farm Bill to restore the cuts.