This year, the people of Florida have a chance to guarantee their farmers’ right to repair their own equipment.
Right now, lawmakers are considering SB374 and H0511, Fair Repair of Agricultural Equipment. The bills would require makers of farm equipment to provide farmers and independent technicians with critical repair information, so that they can quickly fix their equipment and get on with the harvest.
But manufacturers like John Deere don’t like that idea. When your tractor breaks or sends an error code, they want to be the only people who can fix it. And they get to set whatever prices they want for parts and service. It’s not fair to farmers, who have been fixing their own equipment for decades.
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Right to Repair is simple. It requires manufacturers to provide owners and independent repair businesses with fair access to service information and affordable replacement parts. So you can fix the stuff you own quickly—and get back on with your life.
Well, manufacturers like John Deere and Apple don’t like the idea. When your tractor breaks or your cell phone stops working, they want to be the only people who can fix it. And they get to set whatever prices they want for parts and service.
Nope! We already have right to repair for cars—that’s why you can take your Ford into a local mechanic. They have all the same software diagnostics and service manuals that the dealerships have. This is the result of decades of auto Right to Repair legislation—laws that have been a resounding success.
It’s time to fight for your right to repair and defend local repair jobs—the corner mom-and-pop repair shops that keep getting squeezed out. Write or call your legislator. Tell them you support the Fair Repair Act. Tell them that you believe repair should be fair, affordable, and accessible. Stand up for your right to repair in Florida!