WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew issued the following statement in support of the Agricultural Right to Repair Act introduced by Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez in the House of Representatives, along with co-leads Reps. Neguse, Slotkin, and Spanberger:
“The introduction of the Agricultural Right to Repair Act is an important step in our fight to ensure farmers across the country have fair and affordable access to the parts, tools, and information they need to fix farm equipment. I want to thank Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez and her co-leads for introducing this bill to guarantee farmers the Right to Repair. NFU stands ready to push this bill forward.”
Right to Repair is a pillar of NFU’s Fairness for Farmers campaign to address the monopoly crisis in agriculture. Just three manufacturers control the majority of farm equipment production, sales, and repairs, and use software locks to prevent farmers and independent mechanics from completing certain repairs.
A national agricultural Right to Repair law could save U.S. farmers $4.2 billion per year when accounting for direct costs and equipment downtime.