YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE
Texas farmers, ranchers benefit from right to repair MOU
By Gary Joiner
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and John Deere signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that guarantees farmers and ranchers have the right to repair their own farm equipment.
That’s a big deal for Texas farmers and ranchers.
The agreement addresses a long-running issue for farmers and ranchers when it comes to accessing tools, information and resources. The agreement also protects John Deere’s intellectual property rights and ensures equipment safety.
Farmers and ranchers now have access to diagnostic and repair codes, as well as manuals and product guides.
They can now purchase diagnostic tools directly from John Deere and receive assistance from the manufacturer when ordering parts and products.
The goal is to help farmers and ranchers repair their own equipment and at a fair price.
The agreement won’t enable farmers and ranchers to get data needed to modify equipment.
The MOU has the potential to serve as a model for other manufacturers. AFBF has already begun those discussions.