Statement by Mark McHargue, President, Regarding Memorandum of Understanding with Case IH, New Holland
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today’s announcement of American Farm Bureau Federation and CNH Industrial Brands, Case IH and New Holland, signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide farmers and ranchers the right to repair their own farm equipment is welcome news for Nebraska farm and ranch families. The agreement is another step in the right direction to address the right to repair issue that has been important for our members for several years.”
“Farmers and ranchers are more dependent on technology than ever before. When a piece of equipment breaks down it can cause major disruptions on the farm, which is why it is so important that they have access to error codes, specialty tools and information on how to fix the problem. Several years of discussions with John Deere led to an MOU, which was announced in January, and has now paved the way for a second agreement with CNH Industrial. For centuries, farmers and ranchers have conducted business with a handshake. Not every problem needs a government solution, and we stand ready to help hold both companies to their pledge to provide the tools and information necessary to fix their own equipment.”
The Nebraska Farm Bureau is a grassroots, state-wide organization dedicated to supporting farm and ranch families and working for the benefit of all Nebraskans through a wide variety of educational, service, and advocacy efforts. More than 55,000 families across Nebraska are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve rural and urban prosperity as agriculture is a key fuel to Nebraska’s economy. For more information about Nebraska Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit www.nefb.org.