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Patience Haggin reported in today’s Wall Street Journal that, “Machinery manufacturer Deere & Co. signed a memorandum of understanding with the American Farm Bureau Federation on Sunday that the group said ensures farmers can repair their own farm equipment or take it to independent repair shops.
“The agreement addresses a debate that has grown in recent years, as the farm industry has implemented high-tech equipment like software and sensors in machinery like tractors and harvesters aimed at boosting harvests and speeding planting.”
Today’s article explained that, “Some farmer organizations and consumer advocacy groups have accused Deere and other manufacturers of using proprietary software on their equipment to restrict repair work to the manufacturers’ own dealers.
“Some farmers have said it has increased their costs by forcing them to call in technicians from dealerships for repairs they could handle themselves, if the equipment companies would give them greater access to the software.”
A DEAL WITH DEERE: @FarmBureau President @ZippyDuvall & @JohnDeere Senior VP of Sales & Marketing David Gilmore sign a memorandum of understanding on the right to repair, allowing farmers to wrench on their own equipment & get service from indpndt. mechanics. #AFBF23 pic.twitter.com/WMWx5c3HuS— Tim Eggert (@TimothyMEggert) January 8, 2023
“The agreement creates a mechanism to address farmers’ concerns and give them access to resources needed to repair their own equipment, such as diagnostic and repair codes, manuals and product guides,” the Journal article said.
Reuters writer P.j. Huffstutter reported yesterday that, “The Farm Bureau’s memorandum of understanding with Deere ‘will ensure farmers everywhere are able to repair our own equipment,’ Farm Bureau president Zippy Duvall said, speaking at the federation’s convention in Puerto Rico.
“‘This will enable you and your independent mechanics to identify and fix problems,’ he said. ‘You will have access to the diagnostic tools and information you need. And you’ll get it at a fair and reasonable price.'”