I'm curious if farmers in the Great Plains are aware today of the history of the Dust Bowl, including its causes. Are there any surveys or polls on the matter among farmers, like there are (also among farmers) e.g. for climate change in general.

Some interviewing on PBS suggests that some are aware, but this could be a pretty biased sample.

Interesting enough, I found a survey that asked respondents to draw it, but it wasn't limited to farmers:

Data for this study were obtained from a questionnaire administered to 372 voluntary participants in 93 counties of the Great Plains. The 93-county study area correlates with counties of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas that have more than 50% of their area included in any one of the three wind erosion areas identified on Worster’s ([1979] 1982) Dust Bowl map. Because the identification of spatial variation across the study area was of paramount importance, participants were obtained via convenience sampling at each of the county courthouses in the 93 study counties. [...]

Maps were completed by 355 of 372 respondents. The remaining 17 respondents were not familiar with the Dust Bowl term and subsequently could not portray it on a map.

Nor did ask them any questions about its history.

And since someone questioned the relevance of this question to politics in comments; that paper includes and concludes with

Many counties in the historic Dust Bowl region have witnessed a significant influx of Hispanic persons in recent years (Haverluk and Trautman 2008). Interviews conducted for this research suggest that these new arrivals rarely have knowledge of the Dust Bowl, thus further contributing to the drop-off in knowledge of the human-environment relationship in the region. [...]

the documentation of an eroding knowledge-base regarding what is arguably the United States’ most acute environmental disaster is cause for concern. In spite of the appearance of “conquering geography” in the region (Lewis 1979) by the application of center-pivot irrigation, the region’s documented history of widespread, long-term drought events suggests that it is a merely a matter of time until the next challenge is presented to the human existence on the Great Plains. When the uncertainties of climate change, increasing energy costs, and groundwater depletion are considered as well, one wonders if the residents of the Great Plains can afford not to know their past.

"Goundwater depletion" refers to the Ogallala Aquifer.

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    This seems to be a question about farming or education, not about politics. Apr 12 '19 at 14:46
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    @RedGrittyBrick I think questions about public-opinion of issues that are relevant in today's politics are on-topic.
    – JJJ
    Apr 12 '19 at 15:20
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    I imagine that asking a farmer if they know about the Dust Bowl is a lot like asking a stockbroker if they know about the Great Depression. The answer is that they probably know more about it than you do.
    – Wes Sayeed
    Apr 13 '19 at 3:28