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The Nogales, Ariz.-based Fresh Produce Association of the Americas is celebrating 75 years as an association in 2019.

“We are planning lots of special activities around this,” said Lance Jungmeyer, president.

The produce industry in Nogales has roots going back to 1905, when the first rail cars of melons and tomatoes crossed the border from Mexico, according to “Confianza en la Frontera: A Cultural Glimpse at the Nogales Produce Industry,” a newly released study from the Southwest Folklife Alliance by Nicholas Hartmann. 

Hartmann researched and wrote the study as part of his work as folklorist-in-residence with the SFA in 2015-16, with support from the Archie Green Fellowship of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.