The 2016 Minnesota Legislature established the Rollover Protective Structures (ROPS) Rebate Program at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to make tractor safety equipment affordable and simple to order.
The program reimburses farmers and schools at least 70 percent of the cost of purchasing, shipping, and installing a rollover protection kit – a roll bar and safety belt – limiting an applicant’s cost per tractor to no more than $500. Roll bars and seat belts are 99 percent effective in preventing death and serious injury in the event of a rollover.
The program is administered by the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH), the organization that administers ROPS programs in seven other states.
Minnesota’s program is a public private partnership. Private ROPS funds have been contributed by ADM, Ag Country, AgriBank, AgStar, Cargill, CHS Inc., Land O’Lakes, and United FCS.
Minnesota farmers and schools that retrofit tractors built before 1987 with rollover protective structures that meet or exceed SAE International Standard J2194.
All applications must go through the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH). NYCAMH provides price estimates and suppliers of rollover protection kits that work on your tractor.
Call toll-free 877-ROPS-R4U (877-767-7748), email ROPS@nycamh.com or go on line to the Rollover Protection Structures ROPS Rebate Program website for more information or to register for a rollover kit.