Workshop to explain Missouri’s complex fence laws Feb. 13

A program to discuss Missouri’s Complicated Fence Law will be held on Tuesday evening, Feb. 13, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The meeting is being put on by the Cedar County MU Extension Center and Council and will be at the Cedar County Library located at 717 East St., Stockton. Fee for the workshop is $15 per person which covers the program and materials. Pre-registration and payment is required by Feb. 9, to the Cedar County MU Extension Center (113 South Street, Stockton). No refunds if cancelation is after Feb. 9. Space is limited so register quickly. 

“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,” according to 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,” said Koenen. 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 over 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 done via Skype for Business or Zoom so attendees can see the presentation and ask questions of the presenter. If you have any questions, would like to register or need more information please contact the Cedar County MU Extension Center at 417 – 276 – 3313 or Patrick Davis by email at

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