Better off 4 years later? A mixed bag of answers - Article Photos 9/14

In this September 2012 photo provided by the Iowa Farm Bureau, farmer Randy Dreher uses a combine to harvest one of his corn fields north of Audubon, Iowa. Dreher says agriculture is enjoying its best days since he was born in 1980. "If you can't make it in farming now, you'll never make it in farming," he says. "If you can't make money, find something else to do." And yet, he sees clouds in the larger economic picture. "I think about the debt and Social Security and Medicare. Where all those dollars are going to come from is very alarming to me," Dreher says. "It's like going to the bank every day, knowing you're overextended and have to pay it back someday. ... We can't borrow ourselves into oblivion." (AP Photo/Iowa Farm Bureau, Gary Fandel)