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 2018.

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:

2018 SEMA Scholarship Information and Application Form  [MS Word Doc


NOTICE!
2019 Convention Location Has Changed

Due to the recent storms, we have moved the 2019 SEMA Annual Convention to Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa located in Young Harris, GA. The dates are the same: June 5-9, 2019. The 2020 SEMA Annual Convention will be at Sheraton Bay Point, Panama City Beach, FL. Our prayers go out to everyone that was affected by Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael. We all hope that your recovery will be quick.

Brasstown Valley Resort

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa
6321 Highway 76
Young Harris, GA 30582
www.brasstownvalley.com

SEMA Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering with SEMA, please let us know. We would like to have a list of members interested in serving on the board or any of the committees. Please email the SEMA office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know where you are interested in serving.

AMSA PORK 101 Course, March 4-6, 2019

Champaign, IL, November 14, 2018 – The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) is excited to announce that a PORK 101 course to be held in 2019 at the University of Florida March 4-6. With the addition of the course, we can expand the outreach of this valuable program and enable others to take advantage of the great opportunity to learn from our outstanding AMSA members.

PORK 101 is hosted by AMSA in cooperation with the National Pork Board and is sponsored by Merck Animal Health. Attendees will experience firsthand the swine industry from live animal production through finished pork products. The course concludes with the attendees preparing and sampling products from pork carcasses including pumped loins, bacon, hams, and sausage.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the value differences in swine, pork carcasses, pork primals and processed pork products from meat science faculty and AMSA members at each university.

The program features:

  • General Production Practices
  • Hog Handling
  • Grading and Live Hog Evaluation
  • Lean Value Pricing
  • Quality Management at Slaughter
  • Hands-On Pork Slaughter
  • Measuring Carcass Quality and Composition
  • Hands-On Pork Carcass Fabrication
  • Processing Technologies and Hands-On Lab
  • Retail and Consumer Hot Topics

PORK 101 is co-sponsored by the American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP), North American Meat Institute Foundation (NAMIF), Southeastern Meat Association (SEMA),and the Southwest Meat Association (SMA). Registration for AMSA members and other partnering organizations is $825. Non-member registration is $975. Companies or organizations sending more than one person to the course are eligible for a discount! Space is limited for each course so make sure to register soon!

Past attendees of the AMSA PORK 101 Course can attest to the importance of attending.

  • “The instructors were so accommodating and knowledgeable, and the course was very well structured. I would highly recommend this class to anyone and everyone in the meat industry – especially marketing or sales personnel.”
  • “I can speak to the entire process of how pork is harvested now. Understanding the primals and the bone-in/boneless cuts is very important in my role.”
  • “Great course! I felt like the hands-on cutting was a great learning tool where I grew more familiar with each of the cuts of pork.”

For more information or questions regarding PORK 101 please visit: http://www.meatscience.org/events-education/pork-101 or contact Deidrea Mabry This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

AMSA fosters community and professional development among individuals who create and apply science to efficiently provide safe and high quality meat (defined as red meat (beef, pork and lamb), poultry, fish/seafood and meat from other managed species).


 

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.
Buy the Best Meat Products

If you are a grocery retailer, looking for a great product to drive traffic to your meat counter, decrease your in-house costs and satisfy your customers - you have come to the right place!

If you are a restaurant, looking for a great product for your next "center of plate" special, then you have come to the right place!

SEMA members produce top-of-the line and value-added products for grocery retailers and the food service industry. Member companies can provide you with products ranging from:

  • USDA Prime Filets / tenderloin steaks, USDA Choice Sirloins or lean ground beef, to
  • Portion-controlled pork chops and ribs, to
  • Chicken wings or boneless/skinless chicken breasts, to
  • Spiral-sliced, honey glazed Hams, to
  • Bratwurst or breakfast patties, to
  • Hotdogs.

Download the SEMA Brochure
Southeastern Meat Brochure (Revised 2018).pdf


 calendar icon July 20-22, 2017

AAMP 78th Annual Convention & Suppliers Exhibition, Lexington KY


 calendar icon August 1-3, 2017

NAMI Workshop - Center of the Plate Training, College Station, TX


 calendar icon September 6-7, 2017

NAMI Workshop - Beef Safety Conference,  Kansas City, MO


 calendar icon October 19-20, 2017

NAMI Workshop - Animal Care & Handling Conference,  Kansas City, MO


 calendar icon October 24-25, 2017

NAMI Workshop - Advanced Listeria monocytogenes Control Workshop,  Kansas City, MO

 

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 = $215 per year
26-50 Employees = $265 per year
51-150 Employees = $365 per year
151- over = $465 per year

Associate Members = $265 per year

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

Download SEMA Membership Application or Renewal forms.

Download the SEMA Brochure
Southeastern Meat Brochure (Revised 2018).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.

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