USAEDC is governed by a Board of Directors, composed of one (1) representative from each of the member organizations. Voting representation is based on the level of membership. Full members, limited to businesses and non-profit organizations which are engaged in activities parallel to the purposes of the Council and which have direct (active) project agreements with the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), may vote on the Board of Directors' deliberations. Associate members, representing other agricultural organizations which have a major interest in the export of agricultural products or may be eligible to enter into a project agreement with FAS, may not vote on matters before the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors overseas the council and annually elects its officers and Executive Committee.


A cadre of officers - Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary/Treasurer - and eight representatives are nominated and elected by the Board of Directors to serve on the Executive Committee. The Immediate Past Chairman is also a voting member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for a period of two (2) years. The Executive Committee is charged with exercising the powers of the Board of Directors when the Board of Directors is not in session, reporting to the Board of Directors at its succeeding meeting any action taken.


There are three standing committees of the Board of Directors - The Meetings Committee, the Rules Committee and the Electronic Communications Committee. As needed, other ad hoc committees are appointed by the Chairman with the approval of the Board. All members of USAEDC are eligible to serve on any of these committees, descriptions of which appear below.


The Board of Directors is governed by a set of by-laws that may be reviewed and amended at the direction of the USAEDC membership. The current by-laws underwent extensive revisions, adopted in November 2000, to reflect the changes within the organization. Subsequent minor changes have occurred since then, resulting in the document that appears here.



USAEDC Board of Directors

USAEDC Officers and Committees