University of Missouri Extension offers programs on fencing law

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

University of Missouri Extension will offer a one-night program on Missouri’s fence laws 6:30-9 p.m. on Jan. 23 and Feb. 13 at locations throughout the state.

“This is one of MU Extension’s most popular programs,” said Joe Koenen, MU Extension agriculture business specialist. Koenen has presented programs on Missouri fencing law for more than 25 years.

Koenen and other extension specialists will offer insight into fence maintenance for row crop, livestock and small-acreage owners. The program helps landowners and renters understand their legal and financial responsibilities. Koenen will give updates on a Missouri fence law that went into effect in 2016.

Missouri’s fencing laws are complex, Koenen says. The state has a general fence law and 19 counties have a local fence law. “It is important for property owners and renters to understand the unique standards of each,” he says.

Extension specialists are present at each of the program sites. Attendees can ask questions or make comments from each location through Skype or Zoom.

Contact Koenen at or 660-947-2705 for more information. There is a fee for the program and materials.

Dates and locations:

Tuesday, Jan. 23

• West Plains – MU Extension Center in Howell County, 1376 Bill Virdon Blvd.

• Moberly – MU Extension Center in Randolph County, 509 W. Reed St.

• Buffalo – Dallas County Courthouse basement, 108 S. Maple St.

• Doniphan – Ripley County Courthouse, 100 Courthouse Square.

• Carrollton – Carrollton Public Library basement, 1 N. Folger St.

Tuesday, Feb. 13

• St. Joseph – MU Extension Center in Buchanan County, 4125 Mitchell Ave.

• Memphis – Scotland County Memorial Hospital, South Library conference room, 450 E. Sigler Ave.

• Butler – Butler Public Library, 100 W. Atkison Ave.

• Bethany – North Central Career Center, 1401 Daily Road.

• Richmond – MU Extension Center in Ray County, 1015 W. Royale St.

• Princeton – MU Extension Center in Mercer County, 807 E. Hickland St.

• Stockton – Cedar County Library, 717 East St.

• Fredericktown – location to be determined.

The MU Extension publication “Missouri’s Fencing and Boundary Laws: Frequently Asked Questions” (G811) is available for free download at

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