SANDY, Utah (AP) -- The Utah Farm Bureau has hit an all-time high in membership.

The Farm Bureau reports that its membership at the end of October was 27,313 families, an increase of 16 percent.

Utah Farm Bureau CEO Randy Parker says the membership milestone shows how Utah families recognize the value and importance of agriculture.

The Farm Bureau tries to improve economic opportunities for the state's farmers and ranchers. Membership services include public policy advocacy, product discounts and insurance rates.

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