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 Arapahoe Cub Scouts have a Blast!

The Arapahoe Cub Scouts held their November Pack meeting at the Arapahoe Airport on Sunday, November 19 to launch rockets. Each scout had a rocket kit that they had to assemble and decorate before the meeting. To start the meeting, the Webelos had to prepare the snack, a chocolate-cherry dump cake cooked in a dutch oven with heat provided by charcoal. This cooked while the scouts launched rockets. Cub Scout Master, Elliot Hoefs, gave a quick safety lesson before having the boys launch their rockets. As the boys took their turn, Hoefs showed them how to install the rocket engine, attach the ignition clips, and launch the rocket. They seemed to have as much fun chasing the rockets as they did launching them!

NORTHERN PLAINS FARM LABOR

LINCOLN, Neb. November 16, 2017 In the Northern Plains Region (Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota) there were 36,000 workers hired directly by farm operators on farms and ranches during the week of July 09 – 15, 2017, up 6 percent from the July 2016 reference week, according to USDAs National Agricultural Statistics Service. Workers numbered 40,000 during the week of October 08 – 14, 2017, up 18 percent from the October 2016 reference week.

Farm operators in the Northern Plains Region paid their hired workers an average wage of

$13.94 per hour during the July 2017 reference week, down 4 percent from the July 2016 reference week. Field workers received an average of $13.83 per hour, down 134 cents. Livestock workers earned $12.89 per hour, up 6 cents. The field and livestock worker combined wage rate at $13.40, was down 70 cents from the 2016 reference week. Hired laborers worked an average of 44.4 hours during the July 2017 reference week, compared with 44.0 hours worked during the July 2016 reference week.

Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage of $14.53 per hour during the October 2017 reference week, down slightly from the October 2016 reference week. Field workers received an average of $14.93 per hour, down 40 cents. Livestock workers earned $12.76 per hour compared with $12.50 a year earlier. The field and livestock worker combined wage rate, at 14.00, was down 15 cents from the October 2016 reference week. Hired laborers worked an average of 45.8 hours during the October 2017 reference week, compared with 44.8 hours worked during the October 2016 reference week.

Access the National publication for this release at:

http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda/nass/FarmLabo//2010s/2017/FarmLabo11162017.pdf

Find agricultural statistics for your county, State, and the Nation at www.nass.usda.gov