BYLAWS of THE COUNCIL ON FOOD, AGRICULTURAL AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS, INC.

(Please note, this is an abbreviated version of the bylaws that represents the organizational structure of C-FARE. The full bylaws can be viewed here.)

ARTICLE II - PURPOSE, OBJECTIVES, FUNDING

SECTION 1    PURPOSE

The mission of The Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, Inc. (C-FARE) is to enhance the effectiveness of the food, agricultural, resource, and related economic sectors through a stronger national presence of the agricultural and applied economics profession (subsequently referred to as the profession) in the processes of identifying key economic issues, setting priorities, and generating support for research, extension/outreach, and academic programs.  The scope of the Council’s activities will be consistent with the broad and growing range of subject matter areas that comprise the profession.  Included among the subject matter areas are the economics of food production, distribution, and consumption; international trade and development; macroeconomic issues; natural and human resources; environmental quality; rural economic development and agribusiness management; public policy; legal-economic issues; energy; and others.  The Council also will develop linkages to other rural, social, agricultural and life sciences.

SECTION 2    OBJECTIVES

The Corporation will pursue the following objectives;

2.1 To represent the profession in working with the agricultural research, extension/outreach and academic program system (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), USDA NAREEE Advisory Board), other USDA agencies, other agencies of federal and state government, Congress, foundations, and other sources of support and users of research and education.

2.2 To communicate the role of economic analysis in public and private sector decision making.  Included among the points to convey are:

  • Demonstration of the values of economics research and education.
  • Integration of economic analysis and education into work involving other food, agricultural, and natural resource disciplines.
  • Measurement of the effects of new policies, technologies, and institutions on the distribution of income and costs, efficiency, long-run versus short-run performance, and trade-offs among attainment of alternative social goals.

2.3 To encourage the development and dissemination of multi-disciplinary educational materials for use in extension/outreach and academic programs.

2.4 To provide leadership for the development of non-partisan background papers, issue statements, testimony, and other scientific materials that contribute to fulfilling the corporation’s mission.

2.5 To help identify economists for involvement in national task forces, review panels, briefings, conferences, and related activities affecting research, policy, extension/outreach, and academic programs.

2.6 To help channel policy-related information between policy makers and members of the profession.

2.7 To stimulate the creation of scientific partnerships between public and private sector groups involving the profession’s programs in research, extension/outreach, and academic programs.

ARTICLE IV - BOARD OF DIRECTORS

SECTION 2    NUMBER AND COMPOSITION

The Corporation will consist of at least eleven (11) Directors. Directors serve as the Chairs or Vice-Chairs of standing committees of the Board and may be appointed from:

A. Land Grant and other Universities with programs in food, agricultural, and resource economics, and related areas and members of the National Association of Agricultural Economics Administrators.

B. Other professional societies including the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA)

C. Other sources of agricultural and applied economics expertise.

The Board will also have two at-large members:

C.1 At-large members are expected to represent strategic areas and skills, and will represent (a) the private sector; (b) non-profit institutions, including research and grant making organizations; (c) other economics professional associations, and (d) additional members of the profession.

C.2 Board appointments shall reflect research, extension/outreach, academic program, geographic, demographic, and other criteria, but without specific requirements.

The Board may appoint ex-officio members to attend Board meetings and assist with Corporation activities.

SECTION 3    TERM

Members of the Board of Directors shall serve for a period of two (2) years, with one renewal based upon mutual agreement.

SECTION 7    QUORUM

Six (6) Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the Board.

ARTICLE V - OFFICERS

SECTION 1    OFFICERS

The officers of the Corporation shall include a President (also referred to as Chair), a Vice President (Vice Chair), a Treasurer, and a Secretary. Other officers may be elected if in accordance with the provisions of this Article.  Co-holders for any position may be elected by Directors.

SECTION 2    ELECTION AND TERM OF OFFICE

The officers of the Corporation shall be elected annually by the Board of Directors at the regular annual meeting of the Board of Directors.  If the election of officers is not held at such meetings, the elections shall be held as soon thereafter as convenient.  New offices may be created and filled at any meeting of the Board of Directors.  Each officer shall hold office until a successor is duly elected and qualified.

SECTION 5    PRESIDENT (CHAIR)

The President (Chair) shall be the principal executive officer of the Corporation.  The Chair shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors.  The Chair may sign with the Secretary or Treasurer, or other officer or employee authorized by the Board of Directors, deeds, mortgages, bonds, contracts, or other instruments which the Board of Directors has authorized to be executed, except in cases where the signing and execution is expressly delegated by the Board of Directors, or by these bylaws, or by statute to some other officer or agent of the Corporation; and in general the Chair shall perform all duties incident to the office of Chair and such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors from time to time.  The recommended term of the Chair is two years.

SECTION 6    VICE PRESIDENT (VICE CHAIR)

In the absence of the President (Chair), or in the event of inability or refusal to act, the Vice President (Vice Chair) shall perform the duties of the Chair, and, when so acting, shall have all the powers of, and be subject to all the restrictions upon, the Chair.  The Vice Chair shall perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to them by the Chair or the Board of Directors. The Vice Chair also serves as the Chair of the standing committee known as the Program Committee.

SECTION 7    SECRETARY

The Secretary shall perform or appoint an employee or other appropriate entity or individual to keep the minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors; see that all notices are given in accordance with the provisions of these bylaws or as required by law; be custodian of the Corporation records and of the seal of the Corporation and see that the seal of the Corporation is affixed to all documents, the execution of which on behalf of the Corporation under its seal is authorized in accordance with these bylaws; keep a register of the post office address and email address for each Director, which shall be furnished to the Secretary by the Director, and, in general perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the Chair or the Board of Directors.

SECTION 8    TREASURER

The Treasurer shall either personally have charge or delegate responsibility to a Corporation employee for all funds and securities of the Corporation. The Treasurer should oversee the receipt of moneys due and payable to the Corporation from any source. The Treasurer should oversee the deposit of all such moneys in the name of the C-FARE to the Bank of America, trust companies, or other depositories as are selected in accordance with the provisions of these bylaws; and, in general, keep all of the duties incident to the office of Treasurer and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the Chair or the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE VI - COMMITTEES

SECTION 1    COMMITTEES

The Chair shall appoint such committees, not having and exercising the authority of the Board of Directors in the management of the Corporation, as may be designated by a resolution adopted by a majority of the Directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present. The Chair and Vice-Chair of each committee shall be Directors of the Corporation. Committees are staffed by the Board of Directors or the committee Chair. Committees report to the Board at each board meeting. Each committee operates based on a committee charter and annual workplan that supports achievement of its goals and objectives. Committees work in close collaboration with C-FARE staff, providing appropriate support and guidance.

SECTION 2    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

An Executive Committee shall be established. The Executive Committee of the Corporation is the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and immediate past Chair.  This committee provides guidance, oversight, and support to ensure high-quality operations of the board, including all actions committed on behalf of the board by members and committees. The committee or its delegates ascertains that the entire board receives highly qualified and motivated new members, participates in the training of those members, organizes and activates committees, and ensures high quality board meetings.

SECTION 3    FINANCE AND AUDIT

The Finance and Audit Committee is chaired by the Treasurer, another Board member serves as a Vice-Chair, and the immediate past Chair of the Board serves on the committee. This standing committee has the following responsibilities:

  • Establish annual budgets and targets for fundraising;
  • Review annual audits on behalf of the Board;
  • Review and report to the Board on quarterly and annual financial results; and
  • Provide risk analysis and contingency planning.

SECTION 4    ASSOCIATE MEMBERS AND STRATEGIC PARTNERS COMMITTEE

This committee is chaired by the Board Chair, includes the Board Vice-Chair, and at least one other board member. This committee’s purpose is to maintain stakeholder relationships, coordinate input for C-FARE’s informal education programs from current stakeholders, and develop relationships with new stakeholders. The committee advises C-FARE on topics, issues, and opportunities for programming to promote the work of the agricultural and applied economics profession.

SECTION 5    PROGRAM COMMITTEE

The Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors presides as Chair of the Program Committee. The Program Committee membership includes diverse expertise and experience. It has the following responsibilities:

  • Consider input from the Associate Members and Strategic Partners Committee, and other organizations and individuals as appropriate or necessary.
  • Identify programs in accordance with the contracts, MOUs, and budget for the annual work plan.

SECTION 6    COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

Chaired by the immediate past Chair of the Board, the objective of the committee is to build and enhance communication between the C-FARE Board of Directors, strategic partners, and the agricultural and applied economics community. This includes outreach and C-FARE membership recruitment of departments, regional associations, and other national applied economics associations. The committee is tasked with developing valuable communication approaches to keep volunteers connected with C-FARE. Staff work with the committee to review an external communications plan.

SECTION 7    TERM OF OFFICE

Each member of a committee shall serve for a period of two (2) years, with one renewal based upon mutual agreement.

SECTION 8    COMMITTEE CHAIRS AND VICE CHAIRS

The chair of each committee shall be appointed by the Board of Directors and shall serve for a period of two (2) years, with one renewal based upon mutual agreement. One member of each committee shall be appointed Vice Chair by the committee members.