The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and CNH Industrial brands Case IH and New Holland have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that provides farmers and ranchers the right to repair their own farm equipment.
Zippy Duval, AFBF president, says their members were urging them to find a private sector solution that gives them access to repair their own equipment, and months of discussions have paid off.
“Farmers and ranchers are more dependent on technology than ever before, so it’s critical they have access to the tool to keep things running on the farm so the food supply chain keeps running, too.”
The MOU sets a framework for farmers and independent repair facilities in all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico to access CNH Industrial brand manuals, tools, product guides, and information, to self-diagnose and self-repair machines, as well as support from CNH Industrial brands to directly purchase diagnostic tools and order products and parts.
The MOU respects intellectual property rights and recognizes the need to ensure safety controls and emission systems are not altered. CNH Industrial and AFBF will meet semiannually to review the agreement and address ongoing concerns.
The AFBF board of directors unanimously approved the MOU with CNH Industrial brands Case IH and New Holland.
You can read the full MOU signed by CNH Industrial and AFBF, here.