I have been off work for a while due to my health but am working again at least part-time. Today, I plan to discuss a couple of laws that are not new but may be new to newer landowners.

Missouri’s Purple Paint Law is not new, having been passed in 1993. However, many people still have not heard of it. It is located at RSM 569.145 and allows landowners an additional way to post land against trespassers. So if you see a property marked with purple paint marks, you now know it means no trespassing. Of course, there is more to it than that.

Some of the specifics with this law include: the purple paint marks can be placed on trees or fence posts (buildings are not included), they cannot be more than 100 feet apart, they must be readily visible to anyone entering the property and the vertical lines must be at least 8 inches (no maximum is in the law). The other points are: they must be between 3 and 5 inches off the ground and be a specific shade of purple (more like a light purple). You can get the paint in many places but ask for the purple paint to post your property.

A landowner or leasee of the property can mark the land. This, much like no trespassing signs, make for a 1 st class trespassing charge which is a class B Misdemeanor subject to a $500 fine or up to 6 months in jail. If you’re interested in learning more about this law, please contact our office.

The other law I will quickly mention is on dogs. With more people moving to the country, remember it is important to keep your dogs on your property. Livestock owners have a large investment and a dog that tears into livestock will not stop. After the 1st trespass of the dog that injures or kills livestock, the livestock owner can legally shoot the dog on their property. So keep your dogs on your property!

Remember your Ag Business Specialist such as myself can assist you with laws, programs and any business financial analysis. You can contact me at koenenj@missouri.edu or 660-947-2705 or the office in Chillicothe at 660-646-0811.

Joe Koenen is an agricultural business specialist with the University of Missouri Extension.