Leaders of Germany’s governing coalition have agreed to provide 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) over four years to help farmers as they adapt to new environmental regulations. The decision to provide the money for environmental programs and investment emerged early Thursday from a meeting of government and party leaders. The leader of one of the parties described it as “a clear signal of appreciation and support in difficult times.” The decision comes after a series of protests by farmers in Germany, as well as in other European countries. The farmers claim that planned new environmental limits are overly restrictive.