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Right to Repair (R2R) in Agriculture

March 8, 2021
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WRITTEN BY Eleni Bickell

The Right to Repair (R2R) in agriculture is the ability of farmers and farm operators to fix their own farm equipment without facing legal repercussions from manufacturers.

In Missouri, third party repair technicians are not allowed to access a device’s software. Electronics manufacturers who develop modern farm equipment, such as combines, have exclusionary practices in place that allow future manufacturers’ revenue streams after the purchase has been made. Repair and aftermarket sales account for about 10% to 40% of revenue for industrial companies, and aftermarket sales can account for substantial economic activity in rural communities.

HB975 would allow owners of products purchased or used in Missouri and independent repair providers to have the right to access the same diagnostic and repair information that manufacturers supply to authorized repair providers.

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