Right to Repair Statutes: Overview, Issues Presented, and Current Status of State Legislation


The equipment and machinery on today’s farms contains and utilizes highly advanced technology.  With the extensive technology embedded into this equipment, legal questions arise as to farmers ability to perform routine maintenance and repairs on their equipment and machinery.  The movement to enact Right to Repair statutes has been pursued as a means to ensure that agricultural producers have certain rights and legal protections to engage in this maintenance and repair.

In this webinar, we will provide an overview of this topic by reviewing the arguments for and against the enactment of these Right to Repair statutes.  We will then discuss the current status of legislation and legislative proposals in various states as well as reviewing the core components of the legislative proposals that have been considered.


Time and Date:

 Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

12:00 – 1:00 (EDT)


This webinar is offered free of charge and is limited to the first 500 registrants.

This webinar was recorded on September 16th, 2020. To view a recording of this webinar, click here


Ross Pifer J.D., LL.M. 

Director, Center for Agricultural & Shale Law

Ross Pifer is a Clinical Law Professor at Penn State Law where he teaches agricultural law and serves as Director of the Center for Agricultural & Shale Law.  Ross has presented widely throughout Pennsylvania, as well as nationally and internationally, on shale gas and agricultural law topics to audiences comprised of judges, attorneys, legislators, government officials, landowners, and the general public. His research interests are shale gas development and the interface between agricultural and residential development as well as GMO labeling laws. He served as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of General Counsel, and has advised military personnel and commands in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Great Britain, and Germany while on active duty with the U.S. Army JAG Corps at the Netherlands Law Center.   Among other publications, Ross has written an article on GMO labeling to be published in the Penn State Law Review.   Ross earned an LL.M. from the University of Arkansas School of Law Agricultural & Food Law Program, and is an active member of the American Agricultural Law Association.

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