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Missouri Strictly Construes Private Road Statute

March 19th, 2016 by

Missouri Courts recently addressed issues relating to the increase in size and weight of farm equipment and resulting problems accessing farmland. As equipment gets larger and heavier, existing easements and roads that have been used for decades often become inadequate to allow farmer’s access to fields. In Westrich Farms, LLC v. East Prairie Farm, LLC, a landowner’s tenant could no longer use a county road…

Missouri’s Right to Farm Law Held Constitutional

April 18th, 2015 by

In 2011, Missouri adopted a “right to farm” law (Missouri Revised Statute 537.296), which precludes recovery of non-economic damages caused by a nuisance that emanates from property used primarily for agriculture. This law effectively means that neighboring landowners are limited to recover the reduction in the fair market value for their property and any expenses for medical conditions resulting from the nuisance. Neighbors may not…

Restoring Rights to Possess Firearms in IA and MO

December 16th, 2014 by

Putting aside the many political controversies surrounding gun rights and the right to carry firearms, there are many practical as well as recreational purposes for having firearms on a farm. There are, however, a number of ways a person may lose their right to possess firearms, as well as ammunition, regardless of the type of gun or the purpose for which it is used. These…