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New York Farm Bureau has hired three new members of its team as the organization seeks to grow its business operation and offer new opportunities for its members. The additions follow a strategic plan to review and develop its priorities and a reorganization that will provide additional resources to carry out New York Farm Bureau’s mission, supporting today’s agricultural needs and creating member opportunities for tomorrow through advocacy and education.

New York Farm Bureau welcomed Eman Badr Wilder as its new Director of Insurance Services. In her role, Eman will lead the evaluation and development of insurance business aligned with the strategic objective of the Farm Bureau among other responsibilities. This includes expanding NYFB’s industry leading Workers’ Compensation Safety Group 486.

Wilder brings almost 20 years of experience from a variety of roles in the insurance industry. “The Farm Bureau advocates for farmers and supports the agricultural needs of the state. I am so proud to support such an important cause that touches everyone in one shape or another. I am looking forward to growing the insurance options for our Farm Bureau members while being provided best in class customer service,” she said.

Eman was raised in Plattsburgh NY and has been a capital region resident for over 20 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from The State University of New York at Plattsburgh.


Laurie Beach has joined NYFB in the newly created position of Director of Events. She is a graduate of LeMoyne College and has extensive experience in higher ed and nonprofit organizations where she is a proven problem-solver focused on organization, planning and communication. At NYFB, Laurie will oversee all events for the organization including the State Annual Convention.


“I’m so excited to join the NYFB family and to help our community members network and create opportunities through successful events,” said Beach.


Thomas Denman is serving as the new Manager of Membership Development and Engagement. He will work to ensure NYFB members are seeing value in their membership as well as work with all divisions to grow the membership base and to keep members engaged at the county and state levels.

Tom has a BFA in graphic design from SUNY Oneonta, and an MFA in photography from the Academy of Art.  His work history includes time at community-based non-profits like the Capital District YMCA, government experience working at the Delaware Valley, Oneonta, and Glenmont Job Corps Centers, and before joining the Farm Bureau, working in higher education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

“I look forward to working hard to keep our members aware of how New York Farm Bureau works for them regarding legislative initiatives, as well as values they can only receive as a member of Farm Bureau.  This will include developing toolkits for our staff and volunteers to use that will help keep members engaged with Farm Bureau events and activities,” said Denman.





New York Farm Bureau is the State’s largest agricultural lobbying/trade organization. Its members and the public know the organization as “The Voice of New York Agriculture.” New York Farm Bureau’s mission is “Supporting today’s agricultural needs and creating member opportunities for tomorrow through advocacy and education.”