PRESIDENT-ELECT AND COUNCILLORS
The nominating committee actively seeks nominations for new officers of the Society. Nominations are accepted throughout the year and a formal call for nominations is distributed every fall.
If two or more people have been nominated for president-elect or four or more for councillor, an election takes place. The secretary distributes electronic balloting information by email to each member of the Society with voting rights on April 1. The ballot includes a brief biographical sketch of each nominee and instructions for balloting securely online. The electronic balloting must be completed by May 15th.
If the nominating committee obtains only one or no nomination to fill the office of councillor, the president, with the concurrence of the executive council, appoints three members to the office, who are subsequently acclaimed by the membership at the annual business meeting later that year. The president ensures that the appointment of councillors reflects reasonable balances among the private and public sectors, among academics and others, among various fields of interest in agricultural economics, and among various geographic regions. Any appointed councillor is a voting member of the board of directors.
The process for selecting a new editor starts no later than November of the year preceding the appointment. The publications committee maintains a database of the names and contact information for potential editors, which have been identified by previous publications committees. The committee is responsible for reviewing and updating this list each year.
The committee sends the database to the current group of editors and ask for suggestions regarding who to approach and in what order. Some of the people on the list will have been approached informally and asked if they would consider letting their name stand in the selection competition. The committee deliberates and produces a short list of candidates.
Editors are generally discouraged from actively submitting papers to the journal during their terms as editors. Presidents in the process of recruiting an editor should ask the candidate about his/her philosophy on submitting to a journal for which they are an editor and take that information into consideration.
After deliberations, the chair of the publications committee contacts the top person on the short list and continues down the list until the editorship position is filled.
SECRETARY AND TREASURER
The offices secretary and treasurer are appointed annually by the president with concurrence of the board of directors of both the Society and Foundation. The secretary and the treasurer are voting members of the board.