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The peanut program has historically led to surplus production and increasing Government costs. Farm legislation in 1977 initiated a two-price poundage quota peanut program, which was continued under the 1981 farm act. The 1981 Act suspended the peanut acreage allotments. The poundage quota was decreased each year to eliminate the excess of peanuts supported at the higher of the two support prices. The peanut program will revert to permanent legislation of acreage allotments and parity supports unless a new program is enacted. Issues for 1985 farm legislation include whether to continue the current program or to include peanuts under a more general agricultural program.

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