Public Service and Agriculture

Employee Spotlight: Patricia “Pat” Jackson


Pat Jackson
Pat Jackson

Pat Jackson, chemist at the Agricultural Service Laboratory, is from Anderson, S.C.  A graduate of S.C. State University, she has one daughter and one grandson. She has worked 31 years at the Ag Service Lab.

Pat is our nitrogen guru. She performs analyses to measure all things nitrogen in many types of samples — total nitrogen, nitrate and ammonia — and she has several other responsibilities. On average annually, she contributes to analyses of 2,000-3,000 samples from the public and about 5,000 samples from researchers, which could be anything from animal waste to pet treats to ground fish to hay and silage.

Answers to questions about herself:

What is something most people don’t know about you that you would be willing to share?

Pat was hit by a car when she was 7! She was watching a major building fire in Anderson when an oncoming vehicle struck her, leaving her shaken up but not injured.

Is there anything specific about working at the Ag Service Lab that has kept you there for 31 years?

Pat enjoys the analytical aspect of the work, she feels that what she does is worthwhile and she likes the people she works with.

Do you have any hobbies?

She enjoys reading non-fiction, especially learning about people.

Comments from co-workers regarding what they appreciate about Pat:

“Pat is awesome! She’s got a wonderful sense of humor. She is down to earth and straight with you. I think we’re lucky to have her and we’re all better off with her around.

 “I enjoy working with Pat. She greets me with a smile and a positive attitude. She is always quiet and working productively.

 “Congratulations!! It has been a pleasure working with you! Thank you for all your years of service, hard work and dedication to all the clients we have served over the 30+ years you have been with our Lab. You, my friend, deserve this spotlight!

 “I appreciate how Pat always has a friendly hello to offer and no matter what we have going on she has a helpful, positive attitude.

“Her efficiency. She seems to get a lot done in a short amount of time. Hard worker, positive attitude, very experienced!

 “Her smile will light up a room. I appreciate how she is completely trustworthy, wants to learn new things, and is a very hard worker.

“My favorite thing about Pat is how calm and laid back she is. Those traits have served her well lately with all the new and broken equipment problems we have had during the last year or so. She never seemed frazzled or upset, just hung in there and did the work when things finally got fixed.

“She has never been one to rush things, and she has no problem doing it over and over until she is satisfied it is right. You can trust her results because you can trust her. I don’t know many people who are as honest as she is.”

“Over the years, I have admired the way that she has taken care of so many people — family, friends, church — and still managed to be at work and do a great job. I have been fortunate to know and learn from such a good example of Christian love and caring for others.”



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