Last month, President Biden issued an executive order that gives farmers the right to repair their own equipment. Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap says farmers need to be productive and should be able to work on their own machinery. However, there is a difference between the right to repair and the right to modify. “I think farmers understand manufacturers have got some money invested in technology and as we look at changing software to change emission standards, increase horsepower or do safety things, we have real liability in warranties.” Paap believes this is a national issue and should not be addressed by a patchwork of state-by-state rules. “In fact, this should be an issue handled within the (agricultural) family; we don’t need government involvement.”
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