Bethleen - Yuma County

Bethleen - Yuma County

“It’s really important that we have an Attorney General who understands how critical agriculture is to Colorado’s economy. We need an AG that’s willing to be versatile.”

— Bethleen, Yuma County

Bethleen is a fifth-generation Yuma county resident. Yuma is second in the state when it comes to market value of agricultural products sold, so Bethleen knows firsthand the importance of smart, innovative solutions to agriculture concerns like water shortages. Agriculture brings $40 billion to the state’s economy each year and provides more than 173,000 jobs.  Today, however, farmers are more squeezed than ever and must deal with challenging issues around maintaining access to water.  In short, the changing economics and demands on water are creating challenges for Colorado’s agricultural economy, which is our state’s third largest industry.

As Attorney General, I will support Colorado’s agricultural future by developing collaborative and innovative policies on water management. As I’ve travelled the state, I have heard again and again about the urgent challenges on water management and the need for creative leadership. I will protect our allocation of Colorado River Water, support the Colorado Water Plan, engage effectively with the Colorado Water Conservation Board, and bolster our mutually beneficial relationships with surrounding states to enable smart management of water, making Colorado an international leader in this area.