The world’s struggle for a sustainable supply of water to feed a growing population is also playing out in the U.S. Hydrologist Jay Famiglietti is using NASA satellites to study groundwater. Monday, Oct. 3, he will deliver the Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems Lecture, “Water, Food, and Energy: Interwoven challenges to sustainable resource management,” at Kansas State University’s McCain Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Famiglietti seeks to inform people about the disappearance of groundwater in over half of the world’s major aquifers, including the Ogallala Aquifer, which spans eight states and supplies 30% of the water used in U.S. agriculture. Drovers’ Livestock and Production editor Sara Brown interviewed Famiglietti to learn more about his work on water and climate.

Logic, medium rare

Thousands of people have signed a petition demanding that fast-food chain In-N-Out add a veggie burger option on its menu. The logic of such a petition seems half-baked to more than just us. Folks on Twitter have sufficiently toasted the petitioners. @mikeydeceglie writes, “Whoever started the petition for a veggie burger at In-N-Out is an idiot. It's a burger place not a veggie place.” @stepphhmartinez wonders, “if In-N-Out is required to serve veggie burgers I'm going to need all vegan/vegetarian places to offer me a meat option.”

COF up 1.5%

USDA's September Cattle on Feed report said placements were up 15.1% and marketings were up 17.6% compared to August 2015. That left the number of cattle on feed at the start of September at 101.5% of the year-earlier level.

According to calculations by the Livestock Marketing Information Center, cattle feeders lost $89.75 per head on slaughter steers marketed in August. That compares to losses of $272.28 per head in August 2015. Oklahoma wheat planting is a little behind schedule, but both producers and lenders are reporting lots of interest in wheat grazing as the best possibility for returns on wheat acres.

JBS says Brazil beef will be competitive

Brazilian fresh beef exports to the United States will be competitive even if subject to a 26.4% duty when shipped outside of a tax-free quota, Miguel Gularte, the head of JBS Mercosur, said on Friday. The official, who is in charge of meatpacker JBS SA's division for the trade bloc formed by Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela, believes the United States will be among the five key markets for Brazilian fresh beef as soon as 2017.