"Right to Repair" Legislation

Manufacturers invest considerable resources in innovations that result in cutting-edge agricultural equipment that helps farmers and ranchers maximize the productivity of their machinery. In a digital economy, many of these innovations involve sophisticated technologies integrated into equipment. At the same time, dealers invest considerable resources in training qualified technicians to service and repair these rapidly-evolving technologies that help farmers and ranchers do their jobs better than ever.

Manufacturers and dealers support end-users’ ability to perform service and repair on their machinery to minimize downtime and maximize productivity.

But in recent years, some state legislatures have begun considering “Right to Repair” laws that would jeopardize the safety and sustainability regulations governing modern farm equipment. Special interest groups have pushed for overly-broad proposals that would raise the possibility of giving unauthorized access to the software code that manufacturers develop as part of their machinery.

Manufacturers and dealers support the right to repair equipment – but not the right to modify.

The Statement of Principles developed by farm equipment manufacturers and their dealers is a commonsense solution that addresses their customers’ needs. It goes above and beyond in ensuring that farmers and ranchers have the tools they need to perform service and repairs – or determine when they need to involve a dealer to address more complex issues.

State legislatures have considered a variety of Right to Repair laws that cover a broad range of consumer products, from personal technology devices to household appliances to passenger vehicles.

But “Right to Repair” laws pushed by special interest groups are too broad as they relate to machinery used in production agriculture.


"Right to Repair" laws as written carry several risks:

  • Safety: Allowing access to source code would risk allowing a user to override safety features required as part of modern farm equipment
  • Sustainability: Farm equipment must comply with environmental and emissions standards, which could be jeopardized by granting access to source code
  • Innovation: Manufacturers and dealers invest considerable resources in developing cutting-edge technology; granting access to source code would jeopardize manufacturers’ intellectual property and stifle innovation

The Statement of Principles developed by AEM members and EDA strikes the right balance between giving end users the tools that they need and protecting and encouraging innovation.