FILE - In this July 18, 2012, file photo, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talks about the drought during a press briefing at the White House in Washington. The fear that federal crop insurance subsidies are becoming fertile ground for big spending cuts in negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff has rural lawmakers and their leaders shopping for a compromise on a farm bill this week to protect them. Vilsack warned Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, that if the congressional agriculture committees don't strike a deal soon then White House and Republicans working to avert the so-called fiscal cliff at the end of the year may cut farm programs that members of Congress want to protect. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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FILE - In this July 18, 2012, file photo, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talks about the drought during a press briefing at the White House in Washington. The fear that federal crop insurance subsidies are becoming fertile ground for big spending cuts in negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff has rural lawmakers and their leaders shopping for a compromise on a farm bill this week to protect them. Vilsack warned Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, that if the congressional agriculture committees don't strike a deal soon then White House and Republicans working to avert the so-called fiscal cliff at the end of the year may cut farm programs that members of Congress want to protect. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
FILE - In this July 18, 2012, file photo, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talks about the drought during a press briefing at the White House in Washington. The fear that federal crop insurance subsidies are becoming fertile ground for big spending cuts in negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff has rural lawmakers and their leaders shopping for a compromise on a farm bill this week to protect them. Vilsack warned Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, that if the congressional agriculture committees don't strike a deal soon then White House and Republicans working to avert the so-called fiscal cliff at the end of the year may cut farm programs that members of Congress want to protect. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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