As farmers know only too well, money for federal programs has been tight in recent years. Spending cuts and tax increases, budget deals and debt-ceiling increases -- these have dominated the political debate.
In the three years it took to pass a farm bill it was always understood that agriculture had to accept less. Some have referred to these years as the Age of Austerity.
Question: Is the Age of Austerity now over?
It's tempting to think so. In ways small and large Washington suddenly seems less preoccupied with the deficit and the debt.
-- For the first time in ...