The Southeastern Meat Associaton

sema-logoThe Southeastern Meat Association (SEMA) is an organization of persons, firms or corporations who are meat and/or poultry packers, processors or distributors, and firms furnishing services or supplies to the packers, processors and distributors. Member companies represent the top meat producers and suppliers in the Southeast.

SEMA strives to provide networking, partnership and educational opportunities to its members to ensure the success of all its 300 member companies. The annual convention provides an excellent opportunity to learn and network with others in the meat industry.

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The Southeastern Meat Association (SEMA) annually sets aside funds to provide scholarships to students who have made a commitment to pursue a career in the meat industry. Through this program, SEMA seeks to help promising students offset some of the costs of a higher education and to encourage quality people to enter and be successful in the meat business.

Eligibility Requirements:

SEMA Scholarships are available to students enrolled on a full time basis in programs leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in meat science, food science, animal science, or a related field. Students must be enrolled at a major Land Grant University in the Southeastern United States where Association members are located. These schools are: the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, the University of Tennessee, North Carolina State University, Clemson University and Auburn University.

Children of SEMA members (including children of employees of member companies) are eligible for these scholarships. These students must be seeking either a B.S. degree in meat science, food science, animal science, or a related field or be seeking a four year business degree at any accredited four year college or university. In order for the child of a member who is seeking a business degree to be eligible, the chief executive or owner of the Association member company must certify that to the best of their knowledge, the applicant seeking a business degree intends to seek a career in the meat industry.

Candidates for the scholarships must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 at the time of application. Eligible students must be entering their junior or senior year of study.

Previous scholarship recipients may re-apply for future grants but will be considered on an equal basis with other applicants. There are no automatic scholarship renewals. Each student must apply each year.

Age, gender, race, religion, national origin or financial needs are not conditions of eligibility for the award.

Scholarship Amount and Meeting Opportunity:

The scholarship amount currently approved by the SEMA Board of Directors is two thousand dollars ($2,000) each.

Scholarship recipients will also be invited to attend the Association Annual Meeting on an expense paid basis (See attached policy). At this meeting, the scholarship award recipients will be recognized before the entire membership of the Association as the scholarship winners. During organized educational and informal social sessions award recipients will have the opportunity to meet business owners and executives in the meat industry. Additionally, recipients will be given free access to tour the exhibit hall where vendors meet with members to discuss equipment, supplies and other offerings to support the businesses of the processing members of the Association. Students who attend this meeting are encouraged to actively participate in the meeting schedule.

Number of Scholarships Available:

The SEMA Board of Directors has approved funding for up to two (2) scholarships for 2017.

Application Content Requirements:

Each Applicant must complete and submit the following;

  1. A completed Scholarship Application form (link at page bottom).
  2. A copy of an official school transcript demonstrating a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 for all college level work completed as of the date of the application. A listing of planned future coursework must also be included.
  3. A brief letter indicating what role the student sees himself/herself playing in the meat industry after graduation.
  4. An essay describing an issue confronting the meat industry today or in the future. The essay must propose solutions to the issue presented and must be no less than 750 words and no more than 1,000 words.
  5. A listing of all activities that demonstrate leadership qualities and intellectual growth.
  6. Letters of recommendation from the department head and a faculty member.

The Competitive Award Process:

  • The deadline for applications to be received in the SEMA office is April 1, 2017. Late applications will be ineligible for consideration.
  • All 6 of the items listed in the Application Content Requirements must be included with the application. Incomplete applications will be ineligible for consideration. Please do not submit items on a piecemeal basis.
  • Timely and complete applications will be evaluated and scored by the SEMA Education Committee on the following basis.
    1. Complete and timely Application Form – 0% but grounds for ineligibility if not submitted.
    2. Essay, including clarity of expression, spelling, grammar, punctuation, accuracy of information and plausibility of proposed issue solutions -- 40%
    3. Activities list demonstrating leadership and intellectual growth. – 20%
    4. Transcript GPA and future coursework listing– 10%
    5. Letter indicating the role the applicant hopes to play in the meat industry 10%.
    6. Letters of recommendation, 20%
  • Following evaluation, the Education Committee will make recommendations for awards to the Board of Directors.
  • The SEMA Board of Directors will make the final decision as to award recipients. The decisions of the board are final. The Board reserves its right to exercise the authority to make a single, or no award, in lieu of two awards.
  • After decisions to award have been made by the Board of Directors, the Association Executive will notify award recipients (if any) and the universities. Notifications to recipients will be made no later than April 30, 2017. Non-recipients will also be notified by this date.
  • Written acceptance from each successful recipient must be sent to the SEMA office.

Use and Payment of the Scholarship Award

The SEMA Scholarship is intended to be used primarily for the payment of scholastic expenses such as academic tuition and fees. Secondarily the funds may be used for books and/or other learning materials. Consequently, when possible, payment will be made directly to the Financial Aid Office of the recipients’ university. SEMA will ask the Financial Aid Officer to verify registration of the Scholarship recipient. If it is not possible to make the payment to the Financial Aid Office, SEMA may elect to pay the Scholarship directly to the scholarship recipient. Upon receiving the payment, SEMA will ask the recipient to provide invoices showing funds are used for tuition, books, etc.

In the event a scholarship recipient withdraws from school or transfers to another major during the term of the Scholarship, any unused balance of the award must be returned to the SEMA Scholarship fund.

The Southeastern Meat Association is pleased to provide these scholarships as part of our commitment to the future or our industry.

Southeastern Meat Association
P.O. Box 393
Fayetteville, NC 28302-0393
Phone: 910-240-3210
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download the application form:

SEMA Scholarship Information and Application Form  [MS Word Doc


The Southeastern Meat Association, SEMA, is an organization of persons, firms or corporations who are meat and/or poultry packers, processors or distributors, and firms furnishing services or supplies to the packers, processors and distributors. Member companies represent the top meat producers and suppliers in the Southeast.

SEMA strives to provide networking, partnership and educational opportunities to its members to ensure the success of all its 300 member companies. The annual convention provides an excellent opportunity to learn and network with others in the meat industry.
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Download the SEMA Brochure
Southeastern Meat Brochure 4.pdf

sema-logoWe appreciate your interest in all the Southeastern Meat Association has to offer: high quality meat products for sale by our members, membership in an active meat industry group, information.

Please note that when you contact us, your personal information is not shared with anyone else.

E-mail us directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or contact us by mail or phone:

Southeastern Meat Association
ATTN: Cheryl Hudson, Executive Director
P.O. Box 393 Fayetteville, NC 28302-0393
910-240-3210

Help Shape the Future

Membership in the Southeastern Meat Association will give you and your company a chance to shape the future of the meat industry in the United States.

Even if you are a member of other organizations, you are invited to join this dynamic association for the tremendous benefits you can receive.

Membership costs will be kept as low as possible to encourage participation.

Get Help or Get Involved - Committees

The standing committees, which make recommendations in vital areas of the Association's operation, include Executive, Education, Regulatory, Membership and Annual Meetings.

The committees work all year long to promote the general interest and education of the Association and of its individual members.

New Technical Services Committee will allow you to get help from within the membership or outside professional help if needed. Committee includes industry consultants and university experts with expertise in:

  • OSHA regulations,
  • FSIS / USDA regulations,
  • HACCP,
  • microbiology,
  • meat processing and
  • food science.

Keep Up-To-Date

An Annual Meeting and numerous short courses are held each year to provide a wealth of educational information designed to increase the efficient operation of meat and poultry plants. Idea exchange among members, decision making to establish association policy, and fellowship among friends are goals of our meetings.

Monthly, the Southeastern Meat Association members will receive the news bulletin (Southeastern Meat FAX), either through Fax or via access to the web site. This news bulletin keeps members abreast of new and revised regulations affecting the meat industry nationally and area wide. Interesting information concerning individual members and other association news is included in the bulletin.

Great Value for Your Dollar

Dues Structure:

Regular Members:
1-25 Employees = $200.00 per year
26-50 Employees = $250.00 per year
51-150 Employees = $350.00 per year
151- over = $450.00 per year

Associate Members = $250.00 per year

We have added the option to use a credit card, but there is a 4% fee for that service.

Download the SEMA Membership Application.
SEMA Membership Application 2018.doc

Download the SEMA Brochure
Southeastern Meat Brochure.pdf

Other SEMA Services

Sell your excess supplies or equipment with a free ad on the web site. Find links to all of the important meat industry sources on the SEMA web site.

What is the Southeastern Meat Association?

The Southeastern Meat Association is an organization of persons, firms or corporations who are meat and/or poultry packers, processors or distributors, and firms furnishing services or supplies to the packers, processors and distributors.

What are the Goals of the Southeastern Meat Association?

  1. To foster, improve and develop the full potential of all members and to affiliate with groups whose interests are in agreement with its own.
  2. To promote rules, regulations and legislation advantages to the meat industry.
  3. To protect its members from unethical and unfair competition and to advance the memberships welfare and help build a healthy climate for the industry's benefit.
  4. To meet the educational needs of the membership by working with the state universities represented in the association.
  5. To provide its members with timely information about any issues or developments affecting the meat and poultry industry.

Membership

Membership in the Southeastern Meat Association is of two types:

  1. Regular Membership: Persons, firms or corporations who are meat and/or poultry packers, processors or distributors.
  2. Associate Membership: Firms or corporations furnishing services or supplies to regular members.

Management

The Southeastern Meat Association is guided through the leadership of the elected officers and directors.

The Board of Directors consists of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Executive Director and elected directors. The immediate Past President serves as an ex officio member of the board.

The Board of Directors meets several times a year to discuss industry problems, plan industry action and guide the association.

Download the SEMA Brochure
SEMA Brochure

The Southeastern Meat Association welcomes two types of members:

  1. Members: Persons, firms or corporations who are meat and/or poultry packers, processors or distributors.
  2. Associate Members: Firms or corporations furnishing services or supplies to regular members.

Members - Food Industry Leaders

SEMA Members include some of the top companies in the Southeast, including beef, pork and poultry packers and processors.

The Members List page gives you immediate access to company names and contact information. This page is password-protected and accessible only to SEMA members.

Associate Members - The Best Meat Industry Supplies

SEMA Associate Members include the best suppliers available, including companies that sell food packaging, natural and fibrous casings, spices, equipment and liquid smoke. Members also provide consulting services including expertise in OSHA regulations, HACCP, FSIS / USDA regulations and food processing sciences.

Build relationships with suppliers so that they can help you succeed in your business.

The Associates page gives you immediate access to company names and contact information. This page is password-protected and accessible only to SEMA members.

Dues Structure - Great Value for Your Dollar

Members:
1-25 Employees = $200.00 per year
26-50 Employees = $250.00 per year
51-150 Employees = $350.00 per year
151- over = $450.00 per year

Associate Members = $250.00 per year

We have added the option to use a credit card to pay. There is a 4% fee is you choose to use a credit card.

Download the SEMA Membership Application.
SEMA Membership Application.doc

Download the SEMA Brochure
Southeastern Meat Brochure.pdf

SEMA Members

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