National ROPS Rebate Program
Tractor accidents were the number one cause of death, accounting for more than 1,700 fatalities among U.S. farmworkers since 2003. A rollover protective structure (ROPS) is an operator compartment structure (usually cab or rollbar) intended to protect farmers from injuries caused by rollovers. A ROPS, when used with a seat belt, is 99 percent effective in preventing injury or death in the event of an overturn.
The National ROPS Rebate Program is designed to defray the cost of a ROPS and make their tractor safer.
The ROPS Rebate Program is a public-private partnership. In 2016, the Minnesota Legislature appropriated a one-time amount of $250,000 for this program. Additional contributions came from from ADM, AgCountry, AgriBank, Cargill, CHS Inc., Compeer Financial, and Land O’Lakes. Over 390 tractors have been retrofitted as of March 2020 and we are trying to find additional private donations to continue these rebates for Minnesota farmers.
Tractor owners can apply via the ROPS hotline
1-877-767-7748 (1-877-ROPSR4U, Option 2)
or the website www.ropsr4u.com
Minnesota and Wisconsin tractor owners can apply via the ROPS hotline 1-877-767-7748 (1-877-ROPSR4U, Option 2), or the website www.ropsr4u.com
The National Tractor Safety Coalition (NTSC), a multi-sector workgroup formed in May 2014 is currently working to reduce tractor overturn fatalities through the expansion of current ROPS Rebate Programs. For more info, visit: https://www.ropsr4u.com/