** 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 to protect them. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Photo by: Charles Dharapak

** 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 to protect them. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)