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We sadly miss the following members of the SCS/NRCS family who have passed away.

Our sympathy and prayers are with their families and friends.

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Last updated 3/9/2019

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Donald W. "Don" Allen (90) of Vevay, Indiana, passed away January 29, 2019. He was born on October 12, 1928, at the farm house on Plum Creek Road in Switzerland County, Indiana. He was the oldest son of the late, Alva Clarence and Geraldine (Wiley) Allen. Don was inducted into the United States Army on March 28, 1951, serving during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Private First Class on March 18, 1952. Don was united in marriage on February 26, 1956, at the Caledonia Parsonage in Moorefield, Indiana, to the late, Thelma Jean Lowe. Don was employed for the Madison Proving Ground in Madison, Indiana and for the Switzerland County Soil & Water District for several years. He is survived by his son, Stephen D. Allen; step-sons, Marty Hankins and William “Bill” Hankins (Janet); son-in-law Carl Siefert. Don was very active and highly recognized in the Scottish Rite – an arm of the Masonic Lodge, a member of the Mt. Sterling Baptist Church and the Vevay American Legion Post #185.


Donald M. Baldwin (73), of Enterprise passed away at his home on Dec. 1, 2000. Don was born July 11, 1927, in Portland, OR to Melvin and Emma Baldwin. He married Dolores Jeanne McClymond in Newberg, in 1950, and graduated in 1951 from Oregon State University. He also served in the US Army. Don worked for the Soil Conservation Service for 38 years, before retiring in 1988 as District Conservationist in Enterprise. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1990, and a son, Scott. Survivors include daughter Kathy Strom.


Donald Behner (94) passed away on February 16, 2019 at Brookdale of Salem, Ohio. He was born August 13, 1924. Donald retired from the SCS about 1984. He is survived by the love of his life, Edna (Thompson) Behner whom he married December 1, 1952; daughters Debra (Roger) Elder, and Donna (Darrell) Baker; son Gary Behner; brothers Dwight and Bruce Behner; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Preceded in death by brother Harold, sister Dorothy and daughter-in-law Lynn. Per request a private service will be held. In lieu of flowers family request donations be made to Goshen-Butler Township Community Fund, PO Box 33, Damascus, OH 44619.


Lifetime Member and Senior Conservationist William John Brune, (92) of Victoria, MN passed away on February 7, 2019. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service for 38 years, which included serving as the Deputy State Conservationist in Minnesota and the State Conservationist in Iowa, the position from which he retired in 1984. He received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1948. In addition, he was an honorably discharged veteran of the US Navy. Preceded in death by his parents, August and Marie Brune. Survived by wife of 69½ years, Ruth E. Brune; children, Nancy Linn and Scott (Patti) Brune; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation (


Clarence Thomas Conner (71) of Knoxville, Tennessee passed away on November 13, 2018. He was born in Moscow, Tennessee. Clarence was a longtime member of Lennon-Seney United Methodist Church. He was employed as a soil scientist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for 40 years. He graduated from W.P. Ware Comprehensive High School (Fayette County, TN) in 1966 and from Tennessee State University in 1970. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and sports enthusiast and played baseball in high school and college. He is survived by his wife of almost 47 years, Bernice; four children, four siblings and six grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Lennon-Seney Men of Praise Gospel Choir, 2084 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915.


Betty Jarman Cox (80) of Edenton, North Carolina, passed away on February 14, 2019, in Three Rivers Health & Rehabilitation Center, Windsor. Betty was married to retired Area Conservationist G. Samuel Cox for 59 years. She was employed as an Administrative Secretary with the North Carolina Co-Operative Extension Service, where she retired after more than 30 years of service. She had a love for flowers and gardening, especially her roses. In addition to her husband, she is survived by sons Graham (Samantha), John (Susan) and Andrew (Lisa); three sisters, two brothers and three granddaughters. Memorial contributions may be made to Edenton Baptist Church, 200 S. Granville Street, Edenton, NC 27932, or to the Jimmy V Foundation, in care of the V Foundation for Cancer Research online at


Jack M. Deal (84) passed away February 11, 2019. He was born August 16, 1934 in Marion, Indiana to the late Riley and Hannah Huntington Deal. Jack received a B.S. in Agriculture from Purdue University and was a Professional Certified Soil Scientist. He received Certificates of Recognition from the U.S. Senate in 1987, the Hoosier Chapter Endowment Fund, and the Putnam County Soil & Water Conservation for outstanding leadership and devotion toward resource conservation and development. Jack loved nature and the outdoors, gardening, traveling the world with his wife – especially Canada and Alaska. Jack was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Tom and Nancy Deal. Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Lesley Jo Deal; children, Wendy Forsythe (John), Cindy Wuthrich (Ben), Mindy Coon (Jim), Brad Deal (Amy), and David Deal (Laurie); 10 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; step-children, Jason Schulz, Brian Schulz (Kelli), and Thomas Schulz (Jacqueline); and 6 step grandchildren.


Clark A. Eacker, Sr. (82) of Blue Springs, MO passed away on February 5, 2019. He was born November 15, 1936 in Muskegon, MI. Clark grew up on a farm in Montague MI. Clark began his college career as a music major, playing saxophone in the marching and concert bands at Michigan State. After three years at Michigan State he entered the US Navy and served in the Navy as a guided missile technician on the USS Norton Sound and USS Lynde McCormick. After leaving the Navy, Clark completed a degree in agriculture and conservation at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI. He worked in Michigan and Missouri during his a 32-year career with the SCS/NRCS. He retired in 1996 as Area Conservationist in Warrensburg, MO overseeing 17 counties. After retirement from the NRCS, Clark began a second career as a job coach at The Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City in their Warrensburg office. Clark is survived by Ruth, his wife of 58 years, son Clark Eacker Jr. of north Texas, daughter Rhonda Becker (Steve) of Blue Springs, two grandsons and two brothers Dale (Faye) Eacker of Tallahassee, FL and Glen (Nancy) Eacker of Spring Lake, MI. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Don and Eve Eacker of Muskegon, MI.


David Edwards (87) of Baker City, Oregon passed away on December 19, 2018, at his home. There will be a private family memorial in the future, or as Dave would say, “when we get a round tuit.” Dave was born at Douglas, Wyoming. He graduated from Centralia High School in Washington and from Washington State College. He worked as a civil engineer for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service and retired in 1986 as the area engineer in Baker City. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Wilma Edwards; his three daughters and three sons, 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Dave, the family suggests a charity of one’s choice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at


Phyllis Katherine Ellifritz (78) of Keyser, WV, died April 3, 2018 at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, Cumberland, MD. She was born on October 8, 1939 at Junction, WV, the daughter of the late John Jasper and Katherine Caroline (Southerly) Stickley. She was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Hartman and two brothers, Johnnie and Roger Stickley. Phyllis retired from the SCS in Keyser. She was a member of the Duling United Methodist Church, Keyser and Chapter # 9, Women of the Moose, Keyser. Surviving is her husband of 56 years, Harold Kenneth Ellifritz; her daughter, Tamara Kay Valdez (Kevin) of Winchester, VA; two grandchildren, one great grandchild; two brothers; and three sisters. Also surviving are three sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.


Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Darrell Love Gallup (93) of Boise, Idaho passed away on October 6, 2018. Darrell was born in LaBelle, Idaho. He grew up in LaBelle and graduated from Rigby High School. He then attended the University of Idaho before being drafted into the United States Army during World War II. During the War, he served as a surgical technician with the 1883rd Medical Detachment in El Paso, Texas. Following his discharge, he returned to the University of Idaho where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture in 1948. At a University dance, he met the love of his life, Gladene Florence Brown. They were blessed with three children, Tamara (Rob) Williams, Darrell (Carolyn), and Michael (Brenda). During their 66 years of marriage, they lived in Idaho, Maryland, Colorado, Thailand, and Indonesia, and traveled extensively throughout the world. Initially, after graduation, Darrell taught agriculture classes at Grace, Idaho High School from 1948 to 1950. He then joined the USDA Soil Conservation Service in 1950 as a soil scientist. He retired from the SCS in 1980 and then worked as a consultant for the United Nations in Indonesia and Egypt. He was a lifetime member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. He enjoyed building a cabin in Smith's Ferry, ID, being outdoors, and snowmobiling. He was proud of his "big" king salmon caught while on vacation in Alaska. During recent years he enjoyed participating with Cub Scout day camps. He was designated as an honorary range master. As a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he faithfully served in many capacities. He served 11 years as an ordinance worker in the Boise, Idaho Temple. He was meek and a true "gentle" man. Survivors include his children and spouses, 13 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and one brother. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents; three sisters, and a brother.


Alan Randall "Randy" Hale (69) of Troy, Alabama passed away February 1, 2019 at his home following a massive heart attack. Randy was an Eagle Scout, a graduate of Auburn University and an active Methodist in his local church. He is survived by his wife Gail and son Matthew, his mother Seydell and brother Steve. Randy retired from the USDA-NRCS after an outstanding career serving as District Conservationist in Pike County and before that in Walker County. He helped implement a land conversion program on highly erodible land in Pike County a couple of years before passage of the 1987 Farm Bill. Lessons learned in the Pike County program helped the Alabama staff with successfully implementing the Conservation Reserve Program.


Doris Ann Hilpmann (87) of Gering, Nebraska passed away on March 07, 2018 at the Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff with her family at her side. Doris was born in Cody, Wyoming. She received her early education in Cody, including her high school diploma. She continued onto college in Powell, WY and received her degree in teaching. Doris worked as a Legal Secretary for George Sawyer in Torrington, WY for 17 years and at the Farmer’s Home Administration in Torrington, WY for several years. She was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church in Torrington, WY. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Heinz G. Hilpmann of Gering, daughter Jennifer Ann Hilpmann of Gering, a sister and many nieces and nephews. Hienz Hilpmann was District Conservationist in Lingle for the Lingle/Fort Laramie Conservation District in the 1970’s and retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1980.


David J. Hvizdak (66) of Chippewa Falls,Wisconsin passed away February 25th, 2019 after living with colon cancer for three years. And live he did. Dave enjoyed many adventures with his wife and children despite the brutal cancer treatments. Dave’s career as a soil scientist with the SCS/NRCS began in 1978 in New York. He was then stationed in Wisconsin for 28 years, 21 of them in Spooner. In 2008, he was promoted to State Soil Scientist, and Regional Soil Survey Leader position at Amherst, Massachusetts. He retired to Chippewa Falls in 2012. Dave was passionate about the environment and continued to do volunteering and contract work for his former employer until his death. Dave is survived by Jane, his wife of 40 years; daughter, Erin of Idaho; sons, Mark (Mary) of Minneapolis, and Michael of Chippewa Falls. He is also survived by his mother, Carol Hvizdak; brothers, Ron (Barb) of Montana, Tom (Don) of Edgar, Bob (Anne) of Hawaii; and sister, Cathy (Mark) Nevala of Oregon. Dave was preceded in death by his father, Andrew Hvizdak in 2004. A memorial service will be held at 11am, Saturday, March 2nd at the English Lutheran Church of Bateman, town of Lafayette, Chippewa Falls with the Rev. Rick Biedermann officiating. Visitation with family will be held one hour prior to the service Saturday morning at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your favorite environmental organization.


Alvin (Butch) Jones (69) of Meeker, Colorado passed away on November 18, 2018 among family and friends. A graduate of Colorado State University in range ecology, he spent his entire SCS/NRCS career in western Colorado, including many years as district conservationist at Meeker. An active member of the community, he was “well-known and respected by ranchers, farmers, water providers, and land owners for his expertise and the assistance he provided them.” He continued to be active as a guide and teacher in several outdoor organizations and activities after retirement in 2006. He is survived by his wife Linda of 49 years, sons Vaughn and Don and their families.


Raymond Newton Kile (70) of Petersburg, WV, passed away on Friday, February 8, 2019, in Rig, WV. He was born in Cumberland, MD. On June 23, 1973, Raymond married Nancy (Kisamore) Kile, who survives in Petersburg. He was a former Engineering Assistant with the SCS and had also worked at Pilgrim’s Pride. Raymond was a Veteran of the US Navy, where he had served for 21 years and completed three tours in Vietnam on aircraft carriers. In addition to his wife, Raymond is survived by sons, Matt B. Kile of Charleston, WV, Eric Kile (Amber) of Pikeville, KY; 5 grandchildren; brother, Andrew L. Kile (Brenda); and several nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly.


Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Harold John "Boge" Kraut (105) of Batchtown, Illinois passed away on January 14, 2019 at his home with family by his side. He was born in Gilead, Illinois. Boge married Helen B. Staats on Jan. 10, 1938 at St. Norbert's Catholic Church in Hardin, Illinois. Boge worked as a soil conservation tech for the Soil Conservation Service in Calhoun County Soil and Water District, retiring in 1975. He was instrumental in the creation and initiation of the soil and water conservation program in Calhoun County. He was responsible for the re-introduction of the wild turkey program in Calhoun County. Boge also farmed much of his life. He had an apple orchard, Christmas tree farm, horses, mules, donkeys, hogs, sheep and beef and dairy cattle. Boge was an avid traveler, wildlife viewer, conservationist, rock hound, and gardener and was well known for his ice skating abilities. He last laced up his skates at age 80 and skated with his great-grandchildren. He loved to four-wheel ride with his neighbors and friends and did so until he was 104 years old. He traveled to all 50 states, including Hawaii and driving twice to Alaska — the second time at the age of 80. He also traveled to Mexico and Canada. After World War II in 1946, he took charge of the Carrico Plummer Cemetery and loved spending time with family every Memorial Day, decorating every grave on the cemetery. He was a World War II Navy Veteran, the oldest living Veteran in Calhoun and a member of the American Legion Post 632 in Batchtown for 72 years, a trustee of St. Barbara's Catholic Church for many years, member of Calhoun County Soil and Water District Board, and served as a board member of the Calhoun Mutual Fire Insurance Company. He received the Illinois State Farmer's award in 1954 at the Illinois State Fair. His life story is memorialized at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois. He is survived by daughters, Linda Butler, Sue Sweetman, June Bizaillion and Debbie (Ben) Heimann and sons Jim (Diane) Kraut, Mike (Anita) Kraut and John Kraut; 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Helen "Staats" Kraut; three siblings, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Calhoun Ambulance or Family Choice. Online condolences and guest book can be found at


Clara V. McElwain (81) of Indianapolis transitioned from labor to reward on February 14, 2019. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, and friend. Clara lived a full life and the memory of her life, loves and laughter and her sudden departure will be missed by all those whose lives she touched. Clara was a member of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church. She worked for 36 years for the SCS/NRCS in the Indiana State Office. She retired in 1994.


William R. (Bill) Medley (95) of Algood, Tennessee passed away on November 1, 2018 at his home. He was born in Buffalo Valley, TN. Bill served in War World II as a radio operator on a B-29 aircraft. He was stationed on Tinian Island in the South Pacific. Bill was a retired soil conservationist with the Soil Conservation Service who earned his degree from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute (TTU) on the GI Bill. He served from Dyersburg to Gainesboro, TN. He was an avid gardener and planted an abundance of his favorite plants. Needless to say, he had plenty of fresh vegetables to share with everyone! It wasn't uncommon for him and his wife, Gertha, to "Can" 300 quarts of green beans a season! He worked with 4-H and other youth groups teaching them about the land. Bill and son, Gene, also raised and showed Shorthorn Cattle and traveled the state to compete. After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed many trips within the United States to attend as many shows, plays, and music events as possible. He was a member of the Algood Methodist Church, where he served on many committees. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Gertha Breeding Roberson Medley; daughter-in-law, Maura Little Medley of Livingston; two grandchildren, a sister, and three precious great-granddaughters. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 42 years, Bonnie Herndon Medley of Madison, TN; his only child, Eugene (Gene) Medley of Livingston, TN; and one sister. Memorial contributions may be made to the Algood United Methodist Church, 135 W Main St, Cookeville, TN 38506 or the charity of your choice.


Hubert Jerome (Jerry) Pate Jr. (72) of China Grove, North Carolina passed away January 30, 2019. Jerry retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service as a Civil Engineering Technician in the Salisbury Area Office.


When Senior Conservationist and Honorary Member Harry E. Potter (91) of Watertown, New York passed away on December 21, 2018, the world lost a gentle giant. Harry was born in Caribou, Maine. He received a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Maine at Orono in 1954. Before attending college, he served as he would say proudly for two years, ten months and eight days in the Army Air Corps (Now U.S. Air Force). Upon graduation from college, he worked as a soil conservationist in Genesee County (Batavia, NY) where he met his wife, Sharon J. Gassman, who was working in an office across the hall. In 1956 he was transferred to Berlin, NY to work as a project engineer on the Little Hoosick Watershed. In 1958 he was appointed District Conservationist in Rensselaer County (Troy, NY). He came to Jefferson County as District Conservationist in 1967 where he continued working until his retirement in September 1982. Harry is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Sharon, who he always referred to as his “first wife!”; a son, Jeffrey and wife, Lynne, of Aurora, IL; a son, Jonathan and partner, Nancy, of Wheatland, WY; a daughter, Ellen and her husband, Edwin of Effingham, NH; eight grandchildren and three great grandsons. He was pre-deceased by his parents, two brothers and a sister. Harry was very active in the Brownville United Methodist Church, holding several offices and being Lay Member to Annual Conference for several years. He belonged to Masonic Lodge #53 in Sidney, ME, but attended Masonic Lodge #53 in Brownville, NY. He was secretary and chairman of the Town of Pamelia Planning Board for many years, chairman of Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District Directors and served on several agricultural boards. Harry kept a small flock of sheep. He enjoyed a large collection of Marilyn Monroe photos. Always a very active person, he tobogganed down the family’s back hill until he was 88. Known as the “Original Harry Potter” after the Harry Potter books came out, he had much fun sharing the same name. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be given to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street, Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences may be made to


Nancy Jo Rau (74) of Liberty Lake, Washington lost her battle with stage IV pancreatic cancer and passed away on December 23, 2018 with her husband Tom, daughter Crystal and son Tracy at her bedside. Nancy was born in Whitehall, Montana and attended school in Twin Bridges graduating in June, 1962. While attending business school in Great Falls, Montana, she met her soulmate and partner for life Tom and they were married in Lauren, Montana, on April 20, 1963. She started her federal service career 1964 with Federal Highways in Vancouver and worked almost 35 years, retiring in 2006 in Spokane with administrative staff of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Spokane.


Clarence Simonsen (85) passed away on April 24, 2017 in Minneota, Minnesota. Clarence was Area Engineer with the Soil Conservation Service in Marshall, MN. He graduated from South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota, with a BS in agricultural engineering. Clarence retired in 1986 and thereafter did consulting work and surveying in the ag engineering field and provided technical assistance to local farmers, contractors and landowners. Survivors include his wife Evangeline, stepdaughter Carol Turner and stepson Michael Hoffmeister.


Fred C. Sisk (95) of Indianapolis passed away February 9, 2019. Born January 21, 1924 in Cynthiana, Indiana, he was the son of Carl and Etna (Smith) Sisk. Fred was an U.S. Army veteran and attended the Bethel United Methodist Church. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service for 30 years, retiring in 1982. He was a member of the Pike Township Lions Club. Survivors include his loving wife of 42 years, Elizabeth (Betsy) Dison Sisk; son, Doug Sisk (Wendy); four grandchildren; stepchildren William R. Dison (Jeanne), Ronald L. Dison (Linda), and Nancy Dison; and three step grandchildren. He is predeceased by his parents, brother, two sisters and his stepson, Dr. Dwight L. Dison.


Troy Lee Taylor (65) passed away on October 28, 2018 at his home in Memphis, Tennessee. He was a graduate of Tennessee State University and a retired employee of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. He was a member and an usher at World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Phyllis Taylor; four daughters; five grandchildren; and four sisters.


Lifetime Member and Senior Conservationist David Unger (86) passed away on January 17, 2019 in Castine, Maine. He was born in Romulus, Michigan and as a young man worked at the John Deere dealership that his father owned. He received an undergraduate degree in Natural Resources at Antioch College, a master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He retired in 1998 as Associate Chief and Acting Chief of the USDA Forest Service. Before joining the Forest Service, he was the Associate Chief of the Soil Conservation Service, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Agriculture. He was married to Renee Satz from 1958 to 1983 and Carolyn Jensen from 1984 until she preceded him in death in 2009. After retirement David and his wife Carolyn moved to Castine, Maine. David was elected a Castine Town Selectman and served for 12 years until 2017. He became known locally as the “Music Man” for his support of local musical events and his musical talents on the trumpet, cornet and Flugelhorn. He is survived by two sons, David, of Brooklyn, New York, and Christopher, of Hermon, Maine.


NRCS Soil Conservation Technician Robert “Bob” J. Wagner (67) of Montrose, PA, passed away unexpectedly on February 13, 2019 at the Regional Hospital in Scranton, PA. He was born in Geneva, PA. He is survived by his wife of almost 43 years, Teri J. (Frisbie) Wagner. Bob was a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran and a graduate of Lock Haven University. He worked for over 40 years as a soil conservation technician. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Bridgewater Church on Rt. 167 in Montrose, PA.


Loran L. Zweiacker (71) of Stillwater, Oklahoma passed away on January 21, 2019, surrounded by family at his home. Loran was born in Walters, Oklahoma. After attending the University of Cameron for two years, he graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1969 with a bachelor’s in agricultural education. He went on to receive his master’s in the same field from OSU in 1971. Loran married Suzanne Logsdon Zweiacker on August 12, 1973. Loran worked for the SCS/NRCS for 37 years including 33 years as the district conservationist for Pawnee county and surrounding areas. He retired in 2009. He is survived by his wife Suzanne and their children Jeremy (Jessica), Jennifer (CJ) and Jillianne (Tanner), seven grandchildren, sisters Trudie Kinder, Martha Ann Ely (Don), and Treva James (Vic), and his brother Paul. He is preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Anna Zweiacker.