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Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors Because of a Right to Repair Ban

As of 2020, no right to repair law has passed in the US. But more than 20 states are considering legislation similar to Nebraska’s, and Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have both supported national right to repair legislation for farmers.

When it comes to repair, farmers have always been self-reliant. But the modernization of tractors and other farm equipment over the past few decades has left most farmers in the dust thanks to diagnostic software that large manufacturers hold a monopoly over.

In this episode of State of Repair, we go to Nebraska to talk to the farmers and mechanics who are fighting large manufacturers like John Deere for the right to access the diagnostic software they need to repair their tractors.

This video originally aired on Motherboard in 2018.

00:00 Intro
01:02 The Modernization of Tractors
05:34 How Farmers Deal with the Repair Ban
07:15 Turning Ordinary Farmers into Activists

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  1. ΒΏQuieres ver el video en espaΓ±ol? Haz clic en el botΓ³n de configuraciΓ³n para cambiar la pista de audio.

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  2. You add in Monsanto's stranglehold on the seed market and farmers are almost completely margined out by corporate control structures. (they have a monopoly on seeds and those seeds cannot reproduce so farmers are dependent on buying seeds from them every year)

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  4. Farmers that can hack seems very fake af

  5. There are other tractors why buy john deere

  6. La tierra de la libertad donde tienes que pelear por los derechos de tu propiedad, quΓ© no se supone que eso solo pasaba en las dictaduras comunistas??

  7. Yo soy agricultor y mecΓ‘nico. Estoy en Ecuador y pasa exactamente lo mismo. Y si, todos tenemos derecho a reparar lo que compramos. Y si, cada ves las herramientas y maquinarias son mΓ‘s electrΓ³nicas y computarizadas, lo que te limita para repararlo, totalmente. Sigamos en la lucha de nuestro derecho justo a reparar.

  8. The network is great, the information is colossal and if human beings functioned (and not selfish units) as a swarm for a purpose (agriculture feeding humanity), the most logical and natural thing in the rationale would be not to buy John Deere products and thus forcing the company to differ in ways that contribute to the company and humanity.

  9. en chile, le quitan la computadora y lo mecanizan. xd grande mecΓ‘nicos chilenos

  10. ahhh the contradictions of savage capitalism at its finest…

  11. Que le compren tractores a ChinaπŸ˜‚

  12. Esa marca de tractores ya se volviΓ³ como Ferrari, si lo modificas: Baneado de porvida!!!

  13. A note, latinoamerican normally watch everything in VOSE, if you are going to add a spanish audio then do it in european spanish, I think it would make more sense.

  14. As a mechanical engineer, I remove many industrial machines from their electronic cards, convert them to analogues and so far they are all working very well and the clients are happy for their pockets.

  15. Esto no es mΓ‘s que el deseo cada dΓ­a de hacerse mΓ‘s ricos. Las corporaciones estadounidenses se creen dioses para inponer sus polΓ­ticas neocoloniales.

  16. The battery shop I used to work for was sued by Future Motion for this exact same issue.

  17. Americans love the free market and capitalism. You guys deserve that.

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