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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Increase Your Knowledge of Meat Cuts and Specifications
June 18-20, 2019
Aloft College Station
College Station, TX

Beef, Veal, Pork, Poultry and Processed Meats -

Learn about the fundamentals of meat specifications at COP 2019

Center of the Plate Training is a lively learning experience that includes a detailed cutting demonstration of all the major center of the plate protein items: beef, veal, lamb, and pork, as well as sections on poultry and processed meats.


  • The IMPS numbering system, purchasing options, and a knowledge of the meat items as described by the eighth edition Meat Buyers Guide.
  • How standards keep products consistent, wholesome, and fair throughout the market.
  • Common defects or inconsistencies in meat products that you should look for to prevent dissatisfied customers.
  • How value is determined for meat products and how it is affected by quality parameters.
  • The latest meat cuts, including previously undervalued muscles.


  • Dr. Davey Griffin, Professor, Extension Meat Specialist, Meat Science Section, Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University
  • Dr. Jeff Savell, University Distinguished Professor, Meat Science, & E.M. “Manny” Rosenthal Chair in Animal Science, Texas A&M University
  • Richard Lawson, National Poultry Supervisor, USDA/AMS
  • Representatives from producer group organizations.


This class will benefit anyone involved in the buying and selling of meat products- from meat processors to foodservice distributors to retailers and restaurants. Class information can benefit purchasing agents, sales team, product development personnel and others looking to increase their knowledge of meat cuts and specifications.


June 25-26, 2019
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN

Is your family business ready for the next generation of leadership?

North American Meat Institute in conjunction with the Foundation for Meat & Poultry Research & Education, is offering an opportunity to train the next generation of family business employees alongside other family businesses in the meat & food industry.

This unique educational and networking event will give family business employees a look at the complexities involved in running successful family business and will hit on critical topics such as:

  • The stages of family business
  • Communications and conflict resolution
  • Responsible ownership
  • Personal development
  • ... and more.

This interactive workshop will provide a mix of large group presentations and discussions, small group projects, and individual work plans. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from The Family Business Consulting Group’s expert instructors as well as each other’s experiences for maximum benefit.



The program is designed to provide the attendee with a working knowledge of HACCP and its supporting programs. The information will be presented by certified instructors in short, concise lectures. In addition, within small working groups, the attendees will actually develop a HACCP plan and present it to the class for discussion and critique. Upon successful completion of the course, the attendee will be registered with the International HACCP Alliance and recognized as completing a HACCP training program.

Light morning and afternoon snacks, as well as lunch,during the the two day training period are included in the registration. A Basic HACCP manual will be provided.

Basic HACCP Training, Kissimmee, FL
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 8:00 AM - Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)
Florida Cattlemen's Association
800 Shake Rag Road
Kissimmee, FL 34744

Basic HACCP Training, Miami, FL
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 8:00 AM - Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)
Crowne Plaza Miami International Airport
950 NW 42nd Avenue (LeJeune Road)
Miami, FL 33126

Basic HACCP Training, Gainesville, FL
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - Thursday, August 8, 2019
University of Florida Beef Teaching Unit
3721 SW 23rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32608


Southeastern Meat Association
2019 Annual Convention

 Brasstown Valley Resort


June 6-9, 2019
Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa
6321 Highway 76
Young Harris, GA 30582

The SEMA Board of Directors invites you to attend the Annual SEMA Convention.
The SEMA rate of $295.00 per person includes:

  • Thursday - Welcome Reception
  • Friday Exhibitors Showcase Day
    • Speakers – Various Topics
    • Social Time & Dinner
    • Hayride, Bonfire, & Entertainment
  • Saturday Speakers – Various Topics
    • Door Prizes
    • Annual Membership Meeting
    • Golf Tournament (or free afternoon)
    • President’s Reception & Dinner

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa is located in the North Georgia Mountains. The resort offers championship golf, horseback riding through open fields, forests and streams, pond or stream fishing, fitness center, 9 miles of hiking trails, Equani Spa, tennis courts, outdoor pool, and an indoor heated pool. There is something for all ages. Nearby you can hike the Appalachian Trail, enjoy white water rafting, tubing, kayaking, and shopping.

Convention Registration & Information
SEMA office: Phone 910-240-3210
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Resort Reservations
Click the link for SEMA to make online reservations:
SEMA 2019

Or call 1-800-201-3205
Group Room Rate is $ 169.00 with $ 15.00 daily resort fee

Please make reservations before May 10th, 2019

2019 Annual Convention Program
Convention Registration Processor
Convention Registration Associate
Exhibit and Sponsor Contract

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AAMP 78th Annual Convention & Suppliers Exhibition, Lexington KY

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

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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


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
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Download the 2019 Scholarship Information and Application form:

2019 SEMA Scholarship Information and Application Form.pdf

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