The battle for the “right to fix” is just beginning


Prior to January’s “Memorandum of Understanding” regarding a “farmer’s right to repair” his farm machinery, American equipment makers and their farm and ranch customers engaged in a legal and legislative battle over who could repair today’s complex farm machinery — the customer who owned or rented them, or the manufacturer who designed, built and carried the warranty.

But agricultural law experts say the announced memorandum of understanding between Deere & Co. Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of agricultural machinery, and the American Farmers Federation, the nation’s largest agricultural group, are not enforceable.

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In fact, they explained, the “Understanding” does not provide legally binding rights for farmers or manufacturers and does not preclude any farmer or agricultural group from continuing their judicial and legislative battles for their “right to reform.”