Agreement aims to speed tractor repairs

California Farm Bureau Federation President Jamie Johansson (left) and Far West Equipment Dealers Association President and CEO Joani Woelfel (right) sign a “right to repair” agreement as Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, watches. The memorandum of understanding says equipment dealers agree to provide manuals, service guides and other information needed to help farmers diagnose and fix machinery. PHOTO DAVE KRANZ VIA CALIFORNIA FARM BUREAU FEDERATION

When the engine on his tractor started to heat up and went into emergency shutdown, San Joaquin County farmer David Strecker could see what the problem was: a $40 fan belt that took him less than an hour to replace. Still, he had to wait six hours for a technician to come out and get his tractor back up and running.

“It was a very simple problem,” he said. “But since the tractor had gone through an emergency shutdown, it had to be unlocked. Time is money, and downtime can make or break a season.”

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