Workshop to Explain Missouri’s Complex Fence Laws on March 8th at Lamar, Mo.; Preregister by March 5th

Stockton, Mo.-Barton County MU Extension Center and Council is providing an MU Extension workshop discussing Missouri’s Complicated Fence Law on Monday evening, March 8th from 6:30 p. m. to 9:00 p. m. at the Barton County MU Extension Center (801 East 12th Street, Lamar, Mo. 64759).  This program will be presented via Zoom so attendees can see the presentation and also ask questions of the presenter.

“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, Putnam County MU Extension CES in Agriculture and Environment, 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,” says 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.

Fee for the workshop is $15 per person which covers the program and materials. To attend you need to register by contacting the Barton County MU Extension Center at (417) 682-3579 or online at by March 5th.  The meeting is limited to 10 participants.  For all other questions contact Patrick Davis MU Extension Regional Livestock Field Specialist at (417) 955-0287 or by email at