MFBF recognizes a trailblazing Mississippi cattle producer for her dedication & passion for agriculture
Awarded the prestigious title of Mississippi Farm Bureau’s Farm Woman of the Year, Greta’s journey is a testament to hard work, family dedication, and a passion for agriculture.
Awarded the prestigious title of Mississippi Farm Bureau’s Farm Woman of the Year, Greta Thornton’s journey is a testament to hard work, family dedication, and a passion for agriculture.
Her agricultural knowledge was honed by her mother, who instilled in her a deep appreciation for the land. Once just a dream, Thornton’s hard work to turn a once-wooded land into a thriving cattle operation is now a reality.
With Greta leading the charge, the Thornton Family has transformed their property into a haven for agriculture over the years. From uprooting trees to raising cattle, she says every step has been a family effort.
While initially pursuing a career in the legal field, Thornton’s path took a different turn when she decided to trade the confines of an office for the open spaces of the farm — a transition that marked the beginning of her adventure into cattle farming. Undeterred by societal norms, Greta embraced her role as a female cattle farmer with determination.
Overseeing the day-to-day operations, Greta’s hard work extends beyond the fields. As the first woman elected to the County co-op’s Board of Trustees, she has become a voice for agriculture. Whether volunteering for safety fairs or contributing to the Cattleman’s Association, Greta’s commitment to her community shines.
Balancing farm life with her husband Mark, who runs a heating and air conditioning business, Greta embodies resilience and dedication. She manages the farm while Mark lends a hand, creating a harmonious partnership.