– USA, CO – SWIIM System announced today that it has closed a $3 million Series A round led by Australian-based agricultural productivity investor goFARM Australia (‘goFARM’). SWIIM®, which stands for Sustainable Water and Innovative Irrigation Management®, completed the raise with the assistance of AgFunder, an online investment platform for accredited investors investing in agriculture and agriculture technology companies.
As the global population continues to climb and the current food system is called upon to increase its production, maximizing water efficiency and conservation will become even more important. SWIIM offers a comprehensive water management system for farmers and irrigation districts. It enables them to get a complete picture of the water used by their crops, not just focusing on one specific aspect like irrigation efficiency or soil moisture. This broad approach enables farmers to be more efficient in their water use and to conserve it. This can even provide an extra source of revenue for farmers as they are able to document and lease conserved water back into the system.“ We’ve looked all over and can’t seem to find anyone else doing everything that we are doing,” says SWIIM CEO Kevin France. “SWIIM is a package that takes the agronomics side of the business — the planning, cropping and related decision-making process — and looks at it from a water resource management perspective. To do it any other way would be like trying to put a jigsaw puzzle together with pieces missing,” says France.
With SWIIM’s software and proven process, farmers create specific crop plans for their land based on its unique characteristics and water resources. The software system has an internal database of information compiled from countless public resources and also enables farmers to input their own data to create a tailored profile for their acreage and how to optimize their water usage. Then, a farmer uses a modeling algorithm that was co-developed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to determine where water is best used, and where it can be conserved based upon input from the farmer. As part of this approach, SWIIM not only helps farmers conserve water, but also helps them monetize the conserved water. This is a key benefit: it provides an actual incentive for farmers to conserve.
Compatible with local water managers like municipalities, SWIIM’s drop-for-drop monitoring system enables farmers to get credit for their conserved water and then lease it through the grid. Essentially, the software brings together all stakeholders to create not only a comprehensive product for a farm, but for a community.
“It has been an absolute pleasure working with the team at goFARM. We have spent a good bit of time over the past 18 months vetting several financing options and related partners,” said Ed Warner, Chairman of SWIIM. “We chose goFARM, in part, due to their extensive knowledge of water scarcity and the many parallels that can be drawn between what Australia went through around changes to water law and what we are seeing in the arid western United States. They are a good group of professionals, and we are pleased to have their support and direction as we take SWIIM to the next level.”
SWIIM’s technology was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Colorado State University, and Utah State University. It took a group of stakeholders five years of research and development to create this all-inclusive system. Recently, SWIIM announced that it is working with Western Growers Association.
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