Major AG Associations Support Right to Repair
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American Farm Bureau Federation - National Policy Resolution for Right to Repair
National Farmers Union - National Policy Supporting Right to Repair
National Corn Growers
State Farm Bureaus from Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas
Individuals are Powerful - Use your voice
Legislators listen to their constituents even more closely than lobbyists. Farmers and Ranchers need to make Right to Repair personal by contacting your legislators and demanding support. Its your livelihood, your community, and your legal right to repair the gadgets you purchased.
We make grass-roots contacts free and easy. Just go to our How To Help page and find your state. Tell your repair story -- your legislator is going to read it.
John Deere has sent letters of opposition (Example Here) to legislators with every bill filed. They all say the same thing -- that allowing anyone other than the Deere Dealership to repair their equipment will result in:
- the unsafe operation of its products
- disruption of machine capabilities and performance
- changes to emissions controls
- voiding of warranties
- lack of transparency to changes on resale, and
- a less-than-optimal customer experience
Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) (Example Here) is also trying to persuade the US Copyright Office that farmers shouldn't be able tinker with their tractors - despite the USCO exemption that took effect in October of 2016.
Copyright Reform - exemptions for Repair
The American Farm Bureau Federation, and the USC Gould School of Law have filed both a request for renewal of the existing exemption and a request for expansion of the exemption to allow for 3rd party assistance.
Farmers should be able to REpair Their Equipment
The National Grange agrees: “On behalf of over 200,000 members of the National Grange, we fully support the Right to Repair Act because we believe in an owner’s right to maintain, service, repair and rebuild their vehicle or farming equipment on their own accord or by the repair shop of their choice. Our members, most of them located in rural areas, value their ability and freedom to fix and repair their own vehicles, tractors and other farm equipment. Should they seek assistance elsewhere, local repair shops should have access to all necessary computer codes and service information in order to properly and efficiently make repairs.
“In addition, we believe that in the absence of the Right to Repair Act, many individuals, both rural and urban, would likely put off important vehicle repairs and maintenance, jeopardizing their safety and the safety of others on the road. It is also important to note that our members often farm and ranch in remote locations where repair shops are just not available. Days waiting on parts from dealers can mean missing crop target pricing, costing our members in agriculture a great deal of revenue.”
Farmers are Fighting Back
More and more, farmers are turning to the internet to learn how to repair their complex equipment. They are turning to websites like iFixit to share techniques for maintaining equipment.
But it's not enough.
We're fighting for farmers. They deserve to be able to repair their equipment quickly—and on their own terms. We are working to pass Fair Repair legislation at the state level that would put farmers back in control of the repair of their own equipment. And we've successfully petitioned the Copyright Office to carve out protection for modifications and repairs made to the software in tractors. We will continue to fight for the rights of farmers to repair what they own.
We need to require manufacturers make equipment field-serviceable.
Additional Information and Articles:
- "New High-Tech Farm Equipment Is a Nightmare for Farmers," WIRED
- "DIY Tractor Repair Runs Afoul Of Copyright Law," NPR
- John Deere claims farmers don't fully own their tractors
- Bold Nebraska supports Fair Repair legislation
- National Corn Growers concerned about Copyright Law's impact on farmers
- Copyright Office allows farmers to repair software on their tractors
- New York Farm Bureau backs Fair Repair legislation
- "Before I Can Fix This Tractor, We Have to Fix Copyright Law," Slate
- Repair.org Executive Director testifies for Fair Repair in Nebraska
- Manufacturers Try to Defend Anti-Repair Policies