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John Deere Reaches Right to Repair Agreement

By Gordon Hopkins

On Sunday, January 8, 2023, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and agricultural equipment maker John Deere signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will allow farmers and ranchers to repair their own tractors and other implements.“Right to Repair” has been a contentious issue among ag producers for years. Some manufacturers place restrictions that allow only authorized dealerships to make repairs, whether that be automobiles, phones, computers or agricultural equipment. According to the advocacy group, Repair.org, “You bought it, you should own it. Period. You should have the right to use it, modify it, an...


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