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Frequently Asked Questions

How does this program work?

The ROPS Retrofit Program will rebate 70% of the cost of purchasing and installing the ROPS (Rollover Protective Structure) up to $865 maximum rebate. This includes the cost of the ROPS (rollbar, ROPS with Awning or ROPS cab), shipping, and installation charges.

Apply on-line or call the ROPS Rebate Hotline (1-877-ROPS-R4U or 1-877-767-7748) for registration and pre-approval. Click here to apply. You must be a resident of the state in which you are applying for a rebate. There are no other qualifying conditions. Pre-approval is required only to ensure that funding is available for the rebates. Rebates are available on a first come first served basis.

ROPS Rebate Program staff will research the type of equipment needed, provide estimated costs as well as sources for purchasing ROPS and send this information to you. Participants may order the ROPS from whichever source they choose as long as the ROPS are SAE Certified.

When ready to make your purchase, you must re-contact the ROPS hotline staff via email or by phone (1-877-767-7748) We cannot guarantee your rebate until you confirm with us where you ordered your ROPS and what the estimated cost is. It is at this point that your rebate money will be reserved and an approval letter will be issued to you confirming your participation in the program.

We recommend that you have your rollbar professionally installed but you have the option of self-installing. In this case, a "before" and "after" photo is required as your proof of installation.

Only one tractor per farm can be rebated during a program year.

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources is responsible for issuing the checks for the MA ROPS Rebate Program. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires three forms be submitted in order to process the rebate: MA Commonwealth Terms and Conditions, MA W-9 Form and MA Commonwealth Electronic Funds Transfer Form. They require a social security number or Farm (Employer) ID number in order to process the rebate. This information is not taken over the phone or when applying on-line. This information is only required if you decide to follow through with purchasing and installing your rollbar. Upon completion of the installation, the three forms mentioned above would need to be submitted along with your receipts and/or photos. 1099 Forms will only be issued to those individuals receiving a rebate of $600 or more.

Upon submission of receipts for all expenses, proof of installation and required forms a rebate will be electronically deposited directly to you within 30 days.

Who funds this program?

The ROPS (Rollover Protective Structure) Retrofit Program is funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and facilitated by the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH). Various partners have funded or provided in-kind support to each state for the rebates. Click here to find out more: New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts.

What do I have to do to participate in the program? (Am I eligible to participate in the program?)

Apply on-line (click here to apply) or call the ROPS Rebate Hotline (1-877-ROPS-R4U or 1-877-767-7748) for registration and immediate pre-approval. The only condition is that you are a resident of the state in which you are applying for a rebate. There are no other qualifying conditions. Pre-approval is required only to ensure that funding is available for the rebates. Rebates are available on a first come first served basis.

How much does a ROPS cost?

Rollbar prices vary according to the tractor make and model. Prices run from $198 all the way up to $2750. The average cost of a rollbar is $850.

Do I have to have my ROPS installed professionally?

No. You have the option to self-install the ROPS. However, we do not recommend this approach for several reasons. With many tractor models this can prove to be long, complex and physically demanding. Professional (dealer) installation assures that the ROPS is properly attached and will not fail under the considerable forces generated in a tractor overturn. Those who choose to self-install the ROPS assume the responsibility and liability for ensuring the installation has been done properly. We suggest you read the article "Pause For Thought: Should You Install A ROPS Yourself" by Henry P. Cole.

What costs are included in the rebate?

The ROPS Retrofit Program will rebate 70% of the cost of purchasing and installing the ROPS (Rollover Protective Structure) up to $865 maximum rebate. This includes the cost of the ROPS (rollbar, ROPS with Awning or ROPS cab), shipping, and installation charges.

Do I have to purchase a ROPS from the list of sources you sent me?

No. Participants may order their ROPS from whichever source they choose as long as the ROPS are SAE Certified.

I've purchased and installed my ROPS after previously receiving approval. What do I do now to get my rebate?

Submit proof of purchase (copies of all receipts), proof of installation (copy of receipt for professional installation or "before" and "after" photos for self installation) and three required forms (MA Commonwealth Terms and Conditions, MA W-9 Form and MA Commonwealth Electronic Funds Transfer Form) via US Post, fax or email to:

ROPS Retrofit Program
NYCAMH
One Atwell Road
Cooperstown, NY 13326
FAX: 607-547-6087
Email: ROPS@NYCAMH.com

How long will it take before I receive my rebate check?

Upon receiving proof of purchase, proof of installation and three required forms (MA Commonwealth Terms and Conditions, MA W-9 Form and MA Commonwealth Electronic Funds Transfer Form) your rebate will be electronically deposited directly to you within 30 business days.

How many tractors can I retrofit and receive a rebate on?

Only one tractor per farm can be rebated during a program year.

Can I make my own ROPS?

No. In order to receive a rebate ROPS must be SAE Certified.

Do used ROPS qualify for the rebate?

Used ROPS are allowed but must be SAE Certified. A photo of the Certification stamp is required for used ROPS.

Which states currently offer this program?

Currently, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts offer this program.

If I have further questions, who can I contact?

Further questions may be directed to:

The ROPS Team
ROPS Retrofit Program
New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH)
One Atwell Road
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Phone: (877) 767-7748 or (607) 547-6023 x231
Fax: (607) 547-6087
Email: ROPS@NYCAMH.com


Bob Rondeau
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR)
251 Causeway St, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: (617) 626-1804
Email: Robert.rondeau@state.ma.us