MU Extension program helps landowners, renters understand state’s fence laws

KEYTESVILLE, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension will offer a program on Missouri’s fence laws 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Chariton County Courthouse, 306 S. Cherry St., Keytesville.

“This is one of MU Extension’s most popular programs,” said Joe Koenen, MU Extension agriculture business specialist. Koenen will tell about a Missouri fence law that went into effect in October 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.

Koenen, agronomy specialist Dhruba Dhakal 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.

Call MU Extension in Chariton County at 660-288-3239 to register.

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