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The right to repair equipment


A farmer’s right to repair their own equipment has been a hot topic in agriculture for a few years. The basic premise is large equipment manufacturers are keeping farmers from performing their own software diagnostic repairs or hiring independent engineers to do them. Twenty states have introduced agricultural right to repair bills just this year. Simply said, this is a grassroots farmer-led issue. The goal is simple; allow independent repair shops and individual farmers the ability to purchase diagnostic software and manuals to save money by either trouble shooting problems themselves or allowing the ability to hire skilled but less expensive independent mechanics. This will lead to a reduction in time lost in the field and potentially, an increase in the quality of the crop harvested.

Early registration underway for 2023 Ohio Pork Congress

NEW ALBANY – Ohio Pork Congress continues to deliver relevant information for everyone in the pork industry, from pig caretakers to farm team members...

There’s a need for crop insurance subsidy

December drove home a harsh reality to many people all across the nation. When the weather gets nasty it can get be downright miserable...

West Ohio Agronomy Day set for Jan. 23

FORT LORAMIE — The 2023 West Ohio Agronomy Day will be held on Monday, Jan. 23, at St. Michael’s Hall in Fort Loramie. West...

Shelby SWCD welcomes new employee

SIDNEY Amanda Hurley has joined the Shelby Soil and Water Conservation District as its education and outreach coordinator. She will be responsible for providing...

Versailles FFA spreads Christmas cheer

VERSAILLES — Versailles FFA has been able to conduct several community service projects during the month of December.Earlier in the month Versailles FFA donated...

Tree seedling/rain barrel sale underway

SIDNEY — The Shelby Soil and Water Conservation District is taking orders for its annual tree seedling sale. Orders will be taken through Friday,...

Bensman elected to 4th term as Ohio Farm Bureau trustee

COLUMBUS — Mike Bensman, of Sidney, has been elected to a fourth, three-year term on the board of trustees of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation....

Will the merger be good for consumers?

Recently in the news, I read about another proposed merger in the food industry. In October Kroger and Albertsons announced their potential partnership. The...

Planning for a successful succession of your farm

BOTKINS — The Shelby and Auglaize County Ohio State University Extension offices will host a farm succession planning in-service for local residents on Dec....


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