(DENVER, CO) – Today, the Colorado House of Representatives passed HB23-1011—

Consumer Right to Repair Agricultural Equipment with a vote of 44-17. This bill requires that

manufacturers allow the owners of agricultural equipment and independent mechanics access to

diagnostic capabilities while protecting the intellectual property of the manufacturers, including

not allowing tampering of important pollution controls.

The passage of this bill in the Colorado House of Representatives is a huge step forward for

farmers and ranchers that have been advocating for their right to repair their own equipment for

some time. Numerous other states and the federal government have all attempted to pass right to

repair bills in the past but have yet to succeed. Successful passage of this bill by the Colorado

Senate and a signature by Governor Polis will allow farmers and ranchers to continue providing

a safe, stable food supply, as well as allow expansion of independent mechanic jobs in our small,

rural communities.

“Thanks to technological advancements in modern equipment, less than two percent of the U.S.

population not only feeds the rest of the country but exports surplus to world markets,” said

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union President Chad Franke. “However, when this equipment breaks

down, farmers and ranchers should have the ability to diagnose and repair their equipment

themselves or through independent mechanics, not just through manufacturer authorized

mechanics which are no longer located in small rural communities. Rocky Mountain Farmers

Union applauds the passage of HB23-1011 by the Colorado House of Representatives.”

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is a general farm organization whose 20,000 member families

have an interest in production agriculture in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming

By Tucker Allmer - The BARN

Tucker Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.