Fence laws workshop coming to Cassville

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Informative session to be held Monday at BarCo Courthouse

A program to discuss Missouri’s complicated fence law will be held on Monday evening, Monday at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting is being presented by the Barry County Extension Council and the Barry County Commissioners. The location of the meeting is the Barry County Courthouse on the square in Cassville. The fee for the workshop is $10 per person, which covers the program and materials. Pre-registration is requested by the Barry County MU Extension Center 847-3161. 

“Missouri continues to have a very complicated fence law, in large part due to the fact that two separate laws covered in the state depending on the county that your land is in,” said Joe Koenen, agricultural business specialist with University of Missouri Extension, who will be presenting the program. “If you own land, you really need to know the law and how it impacts you whether you own livestock or not.

“Furthermore, in 2016, a portion of the law was changed to address livestock liability that affects livestock and non-livestock owners alike."

Other problems are that both laws are subject to interpretation and can be a little different, depending on the county where the land is located. A comparison of both laws will be given at the program.

Koenen has been presenting programs on the fence law for more than 25 years throughout the state. Landowners need to be aware of what the law is in their county, and this meeting will help them better understand their rights and responsibilities.

This program will be presented via Skype for Business or Zoom so attendees can see the presentation and ask questions of the presenter. Anyone with questions, who would like to register or who needs more information may contact the Barry County MU Extension Center at 417-847-3161 or by email at barryco@missouri.edu.