Farm Equipment Dealers oppose ‘Right to Repair’

A new survey finds more than half of farm equipment dealers are against permanent right-to-repair legislation.

After a June U.S. Copyright Office report recommended Congress approve legislation for consumers to have the right to repair technology, polled visitors to see if they were for or against permanent action.

More than 60 percent of respondents disagreed with right-to-repair legislation, while more than a quarter were in favor of it.

Proponents of the right-to-repair legislation say manufacturers are limiting farmer’s ability to fix equipment themselves, and that a decline in rural dealerships has led to longer wait times for repairs. Opponents say unrestricted service of ag equipment could lead to safety and liability threats.

Right-to-repair legislation has been introduced in 11 state legislatures this year including Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska.

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