Farmers are do-it-yourself people—but increasingly, farm equipment gets in their way, locking simple repairs behind software that only dealers can access.
This year, Floridans have a chance to restore the Right to Repair for farmers in the sunshine state. Florida produces the majority of the nation’s tomatoes and oranges on its 47,000 farms. But when equipment breaks down on those farms, farmers are often stuck with long, expensive wait times, while crops rot in their fields. The average farm equipment dealer in Florida serves 530,000 acres of farmland across 1638 farms.
We need to give farmers back the access to their own equipment. They need to be able to get the documentation and tools it takes to get their tractors up and running again.
Florida’s Fair Repair of Agricultural Equipment Act would do exactly that. HB 533 in the House and SB 422 in the Senate would break up farm equipment dealers’ repair monopolies and let farmers do their own repairs in their fields the way they have been doing for centuries.
Tell your legislators why farm equipment Right to Repair matters to you—because affordable farm equipment repair should matter to everyone who eats.
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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!