Dairy's Star Youth: Sabrina Portner
Sleepy Eye, MN
Sabrina Portner (16) is a junior at St. Mary’s in Sleepy Eye, Minn.
She farms with her family near Sleepy Eye in Brown County.
Family members: Parents: Tom and Mary. Sisters: Boston, Isabella, Crystal, and Sophia
What dairy or ag-related extracurricular activities are you involved in? I am very involved in the 4-H dairy project. I have participated in Dairy Quiz bowl and Dairy Judging for nine years. I have also been showing Brown Swiss through 4-H at the county level for ten years and the state level for five years. This past year, our Dairy Quiz Bowl team won a trip to the national competition in Kentucky. I joined FFA last year through which I also participate in dairy judging. I filled out a FFA dairy production entrepreneurship proficiency application which placed 3rd in the state. I am the chapter reporter this year. This will be my third year as a Brown County Dairy Ambassador. Finally, I am an active junior member of the Minnesota Brown Swiss Association.
Why are you involved in these activities/organizations and what is your favorite? Because of my love for agriculture. I have been surrounded by this industry my whole life and it has become a passion of mine. By participating in these activities, I can gain a vast amount of knowledge that will be extremely valuable to me as I pursue a career in agriculture. These organizations have provided me with many opportunities and experiences I could not get anywhere else. I have met many people through these organizations and these peers and I are will grow up to be the future leaders of the agriculture industry. Finally, these organizations and activities are loads of fun. My favorite organization is definitely 4-H, because of the wonderful experiences I have had and people I have met.
Who do you look up to and why?
I look up to my sister, Boston, because she chose something she was passionate about, good at and interested in as her career path. Then she worked very hard to be able to graduate college in three years and will be going to grad school next year. She has set the standards high for me and I hope to be as successful as her in pursuing my career path.
Tell us something about yourself that many people don't know.
My favorite sports team is the Minnesota Lynx.
Tell us some of your duties on the farm.
My duties include feeding calves, washing the milking parlor, milking cows, night check, driving skid steer, taking care of newborn calves, helping file records and following my dad around the farm.
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be and how would you change it?
If I could change one thing in the world it would be the distribution of wealth. I would want the rich to become poorer and the poor to become richer. My goal would not be to punish the rich but to decrease the poverty that ravages our world. The wealth of our world needs to be more evenly distributed. The richer you are, the higher the taxes you would have to pay. I would raise the minimum wage and establish one in countries that do not already have a minimum wage. I would require businesses to give their employees raises as the business grows and production increases promoting the trickle-down effect. Finally, I would encourage everybody to live within their means.