Watermelon Promotes Health and AFBF on Vaccine Mandate

Watermelon Promotes Health and AFBF on Vaccine Mandate

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

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

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

The research shows watermelon contains essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

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


**A survey from Farm Futures shows fertilizer prices are changing planting intentions.

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

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

**American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall says a federal vaccine mandate on non-U.S. citizens traveling to the U.S. will lead to more supply chain issues.

The Department of Homeland Security recently announced enforcement of the vaccine requirement, which includes essential workers, traveling to the U.S.

Duvall says Farm Bureau is concerned that the decision “will limit agriculture’s ability to grow safe and nutritious food.” Farm Bureau says DHS failed to provide proper notice of the mandate.

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