DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Isaac Pickett
You never get a second chance to make a good first impression, and visitors to the E.G. (Gene) Morrison Brown Loam Branch Experiment Station can tell Isaac Pickett works hard to impress them.
Pickett is responsible for landscape maintenance at the station, which includes cutting grass, weeding and keeping fence lines clean. He is the property representative for the station, which requires him to keep inventory and fleet records. He also helps procure equipment and supplies. Collecting and recording data from various research projects are also among Pickett’s tasks.
Working outside on a daily basis and interacting with nature is Pickett’s favorite part of his job, and it influenced his choice of profession.
“I grew up on a small cattle farm where I learned everything I know from my father and uncles. Growing up in this environment made me realize how much work goes into agricultural practices,” he said. “As I got older, I wanted to learn how to make farming practices easier and more practical for small-time producers.”
Pickett experiences new things every day on the job, which makes it that much more enjoyable for him.
“One thing I wish people knew about my job is that working around Mother Nature is a challenge, but the challenge makes the outcome all the sweeter,” he said. “I don’t see what I do as a job, more of an adventure I get to experience every day.”
Pickett enjoys hunting, fishing, playing board games with friends on the weekend and reading in his spare time.
Editor's note: The Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine Spotlight Employee profiles are provided by the Office of Agricultural Communications at Mississippi State. For more information, please click here.