Deere agrees US farmers have right to repair equipment

Source: United Press International’

“U.S. manufacturer John Deere has agreed to allow American farmers the right to repair their own equipment, according to a U.S. agriculture industry lobby group. The American Farm Bureau Federation, a U.S. insurance company and lobby group, announced Sunday that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with John Deere that ensures any farmer or independent repair facility will be able to repair its equipment. Prior to the agreement, owners of John Deere equipment were barred from modifying and repairing their purchased equipment, needing to only use John Deere parts and associated repair facilities to do so. The restriction has been met with criticism from farmers while John Deere has argued it is in order to protect the equipment’s safe operation, to ensure emissions compliance and engine performance and warranty validation.” (01/09/23)