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"Right To Repair" Farmers Versus John Deere

Scott Bauer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, www.public-domain-image.com/public-domain-images-pictures-free-stock-photos/transportation-vehicles-public-domain-images-pictures/tractor-public-domain-images-pictures/farmer-and-tractor-planting.jpg

Farmers are known to be a self-reliant bunch; able to plow a field as well as fix the equipment that does the plowing.  Unless it's not allowed. 

That statement requires some explanation: John Deere, the big tractor maker, wants to make sure its dealers perform the repairs on Deere equipment, and has the backing of some major groups and legislators. 

On the other side is the Right to Repair group, which wants farmers to be able to perform their own repairs.  Kyle Wiens from ifixit.com explains how things got to this point, in tractors and many other implements on and off the farm.


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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.