Jan 11, 2023
Deere, Farm Bureau agree on right to repair

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and John Deere have reached an agreement designed to help farmers repair their own machinery.

AFBF ad Deere signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that ensures farmers’ and ranchers’ right to repair their own farm equipment.

Signed at the Jan. 6-11 AFBF Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the MOU is the culmination of several years of discussions between AFBF and John Deere.

“AFBF is pleased to announce this agreement with John Deere,” Zippy Duvall, AFBF president, said in a news release. “It addresses a long-running issue for farmers and ranchers when it comes to accessing tools, information and resources, while protecting John Deere’s intellectual property rights and ensuring equipment safety.”

“A piece of equipment is a major investment. Farmers must have the freedom to choose where equipment is repaired, or to repair it themselves, to help control costs. The MOU commits John Deere to ensuring farmers and independent repair facilities have access to many of the tools and software needed to grow the food, fuel and fiber America’s families rely on.”

Deere stated support for farmers. “This agreement reaffirms the longstanding commitment Deere has made to ensure our customers have the diagnostic tools and information they need to make many repairs to their machines,” David Gilmore, Deere’s senior vice president of ag and turf sales and marketing, said in the release. “We look forward to working alongside the American Farm Bureau and our customers in the months and years ahead to ensure farmers continue to have the tools and resources to diagnose, maintain and repair their equipment.”

The MOU sets parameters and creates a mechanism to address farmers’ concerns. John Deere commits to engaging with farmers and dealers to resolve issues when they arise and agrees to meet with AFBF at least twice per year to evaluate progress, according to the release.

The agreement formalizes farmers’ access to diagnostic and repair codes, as well as manuals, including operator, parts and service manuals and product guides. It also ensures farmers will be able to purchase diagnostic tools directly from Deere and receive assistance from the manufacturer when ordering parts and products, according to the release.

The MOU has the potential to serve as a model for other manufacturers. AFBF said it is already starting those discussions.

Read the MOU here.

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