Forage is a statewide 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at Extension Publications. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Forage.

Forage (Crops 2)
What you can do in this project: establish and manage a forage crop; scout fields for pests, diseases and nutrition shortages; take an accurate forage sample; study growing techniques.
Grades: 3-12
Resources: 4H349, Pest Scouting Alfalfa
4H440, Marketing Your 4-H Crops
4H441, Is Direct Marketing for My Project?
RS1, Record Sheet—Crops Management


Want to learn more about forage? Try the links below.

Forage Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including forage. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.

Activity Plans

Learning by doing . . . that’s been the 4-H way for 100 years! Dive into this fun activiy.

  • PDF file From The Ground Up (2 pages, 48 KB) Youth observe how plants respond to gravity and sunlight.

County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.

Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Forage Project. Just follow these links!

National Junior Horticultural Association
Promotes educational programs for youth through projects and activities that foster a better understanding of horticulture.

New Jersey Weed Gallery
Gallery of photos and descriptions of the most common weeds, including each weed’s common and Latin names.

University of Minnesota Extension Service: Farm – Forage
Site features over 30 links to Minnesota forage publications, new releases, and product descriptions.

UW-Extension Forage Resources Site
Wisconsin information on many different forages and forage storage techniques.

UW-Madison Steenbock Library Resource Guide: Forage
Guide to links for several forage-related sites. (Select “Forage” in left column.)

Wisconsin 4-H STEM
Resources and links to science, engineering, and technology activities.


Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Forage Project, contact the following:

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.

UW-Extension State Specialist: Chuck Prissel