Moisture deficits loom as one of the greatest challenges to future crop production, both in rainfed and irrigated agriculture. Enhancing the genetic tolerance of crops to drought stress, is considered an essential strategy for addressing these deficits. To respond to the need for more plant scientists trained in developing drought tolerant cultivars, Colorado State University will offer a short course in Plant Breeding for Drought Tolerance June 11-22, 2012. The course is targeted to graduate students in the plant sciences, as well as to professionals in the public and private sectors. It will provide three transferable graduate-level credits. The course will end with a two-day symposium on Plant Breeding for Drought Tolerance, which will be given June 21-22, 2012 and is open to the public. Confirmed speakers include Drs. John Boyer, John Passioura, Eduardo Blumwald, Tom Juenger, Amelia Henry, Sean Cutler and Jill Deikman. Participants may apply online (http://www.droughtadaptation.org/) through February 1, 2012.