Four County Extension Offices In Southwest Missouri Hosting Program On Fencing Laws Feb 13

   Missouri landowners and renters can learn about the state’s complex fencing and boundary laws at sessions offered by University of Missouri Extension.
   A new state law offers protection to responsible livestock owners. Under the law, which went into effect in October 2016, livestock owners would not be liable for damage caused by livestock unless found negligent in fencing practices, according to Joe Koenen, an agricultural business specialist with MU Extension.
   Koenen will be teaching the class on fencing law via Skype from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13. Pre-registration is recommended, and each site is charging a fee of $15 for the session.
   Locations and registration information for the Feb. 13 sessions are as follows:
   • McDonald County, Pineville Community Center, 602 Jesse James Road, Pineville. For registration and information, contact Jennifer Lutes, agribusiness specialist in McDonald County at (417) 223-4775 or
   • Webster County, MU Extension center, 800 S. Marshall St., Marshfield. For registration and information, contact Bob Schultheis, MU Extension natural resources engineering specialist in Webster County, at (417) 859-2044.
   • Cedar County, County Courthouse, 113 South St., Stockton. To register, contact Mike Davis, MU Extension livestock specialist in Cedar County, at (417) 276-3313.
   • Howell County, MU Extension center, 217 S. Aid Ave., West Plains. For registration and information, contact Sarah Kenyon, MU Extension agronomy specialist in Howell County, at (417) 256-2391.
   MU Extension faculty will moderate the sessions at local sites.
   These sessions will offer insight into fence maintenance for row crop and livestock owners, renters and small-acreage owners to understand their legal and financial responsibilities.
   The Skype sessions offer participants time for an interactive question-and-answer period.
   “Missouri 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,” said Koenen.
   The MU Extension publication “Missouri’s Fencing and Boundary Laws: Frequently Asked Questions” (G811) is available for free download at ∆
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