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Reagan signs farm bill as critics analyze it

Overly generous to peanut and sugar programs, but too stingy on dairy and grain price supports. That's what the critics claim about the $11 billion farm bill that President Reagan signed into law Wednesday.

The compromise bill - the result of two months of backstage political negotiation - finally cleared Congress last week on a tight 205-to-203 House vote that came in the last hours before lawmakers headed home for the holidays.

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