Missouri's Complicated Fence Law

University of Missouri Extension offers a program on Missouri fence laws at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Pineville Community Center in McDonald County, 201 Jessie James Rd., Pineville.

“Missouri continues to have a very complicated fence law, in large part due to the fact that two separate laws cover the state depending on the county that your land is in,” says Joe Koenen, MU Extension agricultural business specialist.

“If you own land, you need to know the law and how it impacts you, whether you own livestock or not,” he says. “Another problem is that both laws are subject to interpretation and can be a little different, depending on the county you’re in.”

Under the state law, owners are required to build a fence only if they own livestock. If both owners have livestock, they are to meet within a “reasonable” time to build or repair the boundary fence.

However, 18 counties in the state, mostly in northern Missouri, have a local option law. Under the Optional Fence and Enclosure Act, both landowners can be required to pay half the cost of a fence if one owner has a “need” for a boundary fence.

Words like “reasonable” and “need” are subject to interpretation and make it important for landowners to have an understanding of the laws, Koenen said.

Laws differ in many ways, including type of fencing materials and spacing. At the sessions, MU specialists will compare differences and provide information on animal trespassing and liability.

Koenen compares the laws during the program. He has presented programs on the fence law for more than 25 years throughout the state, in person and via webinar and ITV. Koenen says the program helps landowners understand laws in their counties and what their rights and responsibilities are.

There is a $15 fee to cover the program and materials. Pre-registration is recommended, as space is limited.

For registration and additional information, contact Jennifer Lutes, Agribusiness Specialist in McDonald County at 417-223-4775 or lutesjl@missouri.edu


Missouri's Master Beekeeper - "Introduction to Bees & Beekeeping"

Master Beekeeper Registration.pdf

University of Missouri Extension’s newly developed Certified Master Beekeeper Program is coming to Southwest Missouri in March. The program will be held at the Crowder College Williams Building, in Neosho, MO from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.

“Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping” will focus on the principles of beekeeping. Those principles include the history of beekeeping, honeybee biology, plant and pollinator relationship, and essential equipment and requirements.

Due to the decline in honey bee populations and the awareness of the important role bees play in pollinating crops, interest in beekeeping is on the rise in Missouri, across the nation and around the world. In response to this interest, University of Missouri Extension developed a Missouri Master Beekeeper Program.

The Master Beekeeper Program trains and educates beekeepers on new techniques, equipment, potential problems, and tips and tricks to improve their beekeeping skills. Participants serve as bee ambassadors to beginning beekeepers, the public and their communities by teaching and serving as University of Missouri Extension volunteers, and may later choose to work as paid independent consultants. “What a great opportunity for area pollinators and pollinator friends” said Jennifer Lutes, McDonald County Extension Program Director; “This first-class program provides participants with college level education at a fraction of the cost.”

The Missouri Master Beekeeper certification program consists of six levels: Beginner Beekeeper, Apprentice Beekeeper, Journeyman Beekeeper, Junior Master Beekeeper, Master Trainer, and Master Beekeeper. By the end of this first course, individuals will be able to help experienced beekeepers in the management of hives.

Individuals must have one year of experience rearing bees and join a local beekeeping club before taking an exam to move up to the next level. Experienced beekeepers can test up through the first two levels of the program if they have three or more years of experience.

The “Basic Beekeeping for Beginners” class is for any individual interested in learning beekeeping. There is no minimum age for the program, but children age 12 and younger may find examination questions difficult.

The course costs $61, which includes a beekeeping book. Classes are taught by experienced local beekeepers. Pre-Registration is required. To register, please contact the McDonald County Extension Office before March 1st 2017.

Master Beekeeper Registration.pdf



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Hay Testing

Do you know the nutrient value of your hay or are you just guessing? Knowing the nutrient value of your hay supply allows producers to make informed decisions on how much supplemental feed is necessary to meet the nutritional needs of your animals. The University of Missouri Extension in McDonald County offers forage testing as a fee based service to our clients. Mailing materials and probes, or hay samplers, for forage testing by commercial labs are available in the office.


Don't guess . . . Soil test!

Soil tests are essential for productive gardens and fields.     
Fee: $15.00 per soil sample


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