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Dr. Stougaard received a B.S. in Soil Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1978.  After graduation he worked as a sales representative for Shell Chemical Co in west-central Illinois.  He left Shell to earn a M.S. in Weed Science from Southern Illinois University in 1983. He then went to the University of Nebraska where he earned a Ph.D. in weed science and minored in microbiology. He joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska in 1987 where his primary duties focused on weed science extension efforts in agronomic crops.

He left Nebraska in 1991 for his current position with Montana State University, located at the Northwestern Agricultural Research Center near Kalispell, MT. His areas of responsibility include weed science research and small grain cultivar evaluations. Current research areas focus on the biology and management of the wheat midge, management of stripe rust, the development of competitive cropping systems for the control of wild oat, and investigating environmental and varietal factors affecting falling numbers in wheat.