Farmers have not been having the best of life. In 1931-32, farmers failed to pay loans. Currently, thousands of Dust Bowl farmers went bankrupt, and they also had to give up their precious farms. Around 400,000 farmers migrated, or moved, and became migrant workers. Migrant workers moved from place to place harvesting their crops like fruits and vegetables. Many people came from Oklahoma and were given the name “Oakies.” During the Dust Bowl, farmers used new technology such as disc plows, harvesters, and tractors. They cleared tons of acres of the sod, for what farming. “Farmers don’t get all of this advanced technology for free, they obviously have to pay,” our reporter, Janice, told us. Janice reported correctly. Farmers bought all of their supplies and equipment on credit, and when the time came they did not pay all of it off. They defaulted, or failed to meet their loan payments. Farmers suffered the toughest life during the Great Depression because of all of the money lossage. “We never expected to lose to much, I thought the money would come over time and therefore we [the farmers] could pay everything off in a jiffy,” a previous farmer, Louis spoke with absolute sadness. To the right is a farm just before the Dust Bowl hit, and also before farmers had to lose their farms due to the inability to pay. The farmers must now survive on getting food from soup kitchens where there are tremendously long line just in order to get a single piece of bread or a bowl of vegetable soup. Farmers did a great deal of work and did not deserve any of this trauma. They are working as a team to get through this absurd disaster. Local government charities are helping to provide relief.