Current disparity in bargaining power between farm equipment dealers and manufacturers often force dealers to accept agreements that seriously hinder dealers from being competitive and profitable in the sale of farm equipment and that require dealers to keep extensive inventory and perform repair and warranty service work without adequate compensation. If dealers are not given a fair opportunity to be profitable and substantial numbers of dealers do go out of business, farmers will have increasing difficulty in purchasing need farm equipment at a reasonable location and price.
Legislation is expected to be introduced that will amend the Pennsylvania Fair Dealership Law to provide balance and fairness in agreements between farm equipment dealers and manufacturers, consistent with the objectives supported in PFB policy.
Contacts should be made to House and Senate members, especially those on the House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committees. Legislators should be urged to support legislation to provide fairness to farm equipment dealers in agreements with equipment manufacturers.