Reagan Signs into Law Pack of Changes in 1985 Farm Bill

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan has signed into law a package of changes in last year's farm bill, the Food Security Act of 1985, the White House announced Thursday.

The changes approved by Congress included authorization for the administration to advance farmers part of their 1986 crop price support loans at the time they sign up in the programs.

But Reagan said he will not implement the advances because Congress - which had been tied up for days on the specific wording - finally adopted language making those loan advances ""completely discretionary.''

Farmers are signing up in 1986 crop programs now. Normally, price support loans are available at harvest, but Congress authorized advances of part of the money at signup to help farmers through spring planting.

Reagan said he was pleased that Congress had revised the language in the billo make it clear that the loan advances are discretionary.

""The program is ill-advised and unnecessary, and my administration will not use its discretion to implement it,'' he said in a statement. …