If water is the lifeblood of rural Colorado, our agricultural communities are its soul. Yet today, many of these communities are struggling, as their water is being sold off the land, as land is being carved up for new subdivisions, and as today's farm economics take their toll. The motto, "No farms, no food," just about says it all. We must extend greater support to our agricultural communities with innovative policies and fiscal measures. Their survival, sustainability and success is inextricably linked to our own. I will do everything possible in the State Senate to help agriculture in Colorado flourish, and ensure every opportunity that those dedicated to the land are able to pass their family farms and ranches with pride from one generation to the next. I have assembled a group of experts on water and agricultural issues from the many counties of our district and throughout the state who will advise me on these important issues while serving in the State Senate.