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New agricultural bill would allow farmers to repair their own equipment

A new Right to Repair for farm equipment was introduced in Congress by Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (WA-03), along with Reps. Joe Neguse (CO-02), Elissa Slotkin (MI-07), and Abigail Spanberger (VA-07). PIRG has endorsed the new bill, which is similar to legislation it helped to pass in Colorado.

The legislation would require manufacturers of tractors, combines and other farm equipment to provide farmers and independent mechanics with what they need to fix equipment. As the U.S. PIRG Education Fund has outlined in our series of reports on the topic, modern farm equipment often requires access to software tools to complete repairs, software tools only made available to authorized dealerships.

“Farmers deserve to be able fix their equipment — no exceptions,” commented PIRG’s Senior Right to Repair Campaign Director Nathan Proctor. “We were thrilled that Colorado led the way earlier this year with their groundbreaking farmer Right to Repair law. Now, we’re proud to support this new effort to protect farmers from coast to coast.”

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