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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Upcoming Events

08-11-2020 - 08-12-2020

We are pleased to announce our next HACCP training will be conducted virtually on August 11th and 12th. The training will take place over Zoom.

Registration link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/basic-haccp-training-online-tickets-79407176001
For more information, please see https://animal.ifas.ufl.edu/extension/courses/haccp/

System requirements: internet connection, speakers, microphone, and webcam.

About this Event
Basic HACCP training is for producers and processors implementing or maintaining a HACCP food safety plan.

This 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.

This training is 100% virtual and will take place over Zoom. A PDF of the manual will be provided, although a spiral bound hard copy of the manual can be purchased and shipped domestically, provided the request is made 7 working days before the training starts.

Training will start at 8:00 am both days, the first day will end by 5:00 pm and we will be done the second day by 2:00 pm.

Southeastern Meat Association
2019 Annual Convention

 Brasstown Valley Resort

 

June 6-9, 2019
Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa
6321 Highway 76
Young Harris, GA 30582
1-800-201-3205

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
E-mail:
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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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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 University in the Southeastern United States where Association members are located.  These states are: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi.

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 2020.

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 3, 2020. 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 by mid May 2020. 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 2020 Scholarship Information and Application form:

2020 SEMA Scholarship Information and Application Form.pdf


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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 2019).pdf

We 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

Online application and membership renewal in the Southeastern Meat Association for January 1 - December 31, 2020.

  • Dues Structure: Annual membership fees are due January 31, 2020.
  • Payment Options: We accept credit cards, debit cards and PayPal - OR mail a check payable to: Southeastern Meat Association or SEMA.
  • Mailing address: SEMA, P. O. Box 393, Fayetteville, NC 28302
  • Download Application: 2020 Application for SEMA Membership.docx
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Amount Due:: $0.00

Payments to SEMA are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.
They may be deductible under other provision of the Internal Revenue Code.

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

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