Watermelon Promotes Health and AFBF on Vaccine Mandate


Watermelon Promotes Health and AFBF on Vaccine Mandate

From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your agribusiness update.

**According to a comprehensive new study, eating watermelon regularly may help promote health.

According to www.morningagclips.com, this research was authored by Britt Burton-Freeman and colleagues at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Research shows that watermelon contains essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

It also contains the amino acids citrulline and arginine, both of which act as precursors to nitric oxide, which play a role in blood pressure regulation, lipid reduction and glucose control.


**Farm Futures survey shows fertilizer prices change planting intentions.

The January survey found that high input costs will cause U.S. growers to plant fewer acres of corn in 2022 in favor of crops with lower production costs.

The survey results put the expected 2022 corn acreage at 90.4 million acres and soybean acreage at 92.4 million acres. The only time soybean acreage exceeded corn acreage was in 2018.

** American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said a federal vaccination mandate on non-US citizens traveling to the United States would lead to more supply chain issues.

The Department of Homeland Security recently announced the application of the vaccine requirement, which includes essential workers, traveling to the United States

Duvall says the Farm Bureau is concerned the ruling “limits agriculture’s ability to produce healthy, nutritious food.” Farm Bureau says DHS failed to provide proper notice of the warrant.


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