Biden sides with farmers on ‘right to repair’ farm equipment

President Joe Biden is siding with farmers in a battle over tractor software.

Biden wants the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to limit the ability of farm equipment manufacturers to restrict tractor owners from using independent repair shops or complete some repairs on their own. 

The president is expected to release an executive order on competition in the coming days.

Some tractor manufacturers, like Deere, use proprietary repair tools and software to prevent third parties from performing some repairs. 

The source noted the scope of any "right to repair" rules would be set by the FTC.

Biden separately plans to direct the USDA to write a series of rules to increase competition in Ag industries.

There is also a bill before congress, the fair repair act, which would allow the FTC to penalize companies which block consumers form repairing products by limiting access to replacement parts.