(June 19, 1:43 p.m.) The entire 2008 farm bill is finally law.

Both the U.S. House and the Senate acted on June 18 to override the veto by President George W. Bush of the $300 billion farm bill.

Because of a clerical error, the legislation inadvertently left out the trade title of the first farm bill sent to the president last month. That meant two vetoes and a second set of override votes from Congress were necessary to enact the entire bill.

“I’ve worked on several farm bills and this process — with an incomplete bill being sent to the President the first time — was unlike any other,” Robert Guenther, vice president of public policy for the United Fresh Produce Association, Washington, D.C., said in an e-mail.

“We’re just glad that the farm bill has finally been passed and we look forward to focusing our efforts on implementation of the bill.”

The legislation provides $3 billion for specialty crop priorities over 10 budget years.

“Today, we have witnessed the passing of historic legislation that will greatly enhance the significance of specialty crops in national farm policy and provide an important allocation of resources and funding for apple growers and other apple industry businesses,” Nancy Foster, president of U.S. Apple, Vienna, Va., said in a June 19 news release from the group.

The House voted 317 to 109 to override Bush’s second veto of the Food Conservation and Energy Act, while the Senate vote was 80 to 14 to override.

“The White House repeatedly tried to veto this measure, but could not stand in the way of critical farm, food, conservation and energy investments becoming law,” Sen. Tom Harkin, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said in a statement released June 19.