SWIIM is based in strong science, has been designed and continually updated by top tier scientists and specialists in their respective technical fields. We partner with a variety of stakeholders, including the US federal government, land-grant universities, leading industry/trade organizations and state agencies. We live and work in the communities that we serve. Our team originally funded a USDA-led, heavily-instrumented research site to develop crop optimization and monitoring technologies which have been incorporated into the SWIIM platform. Now the system has grown beyond its humble beginnings to the most robust crop-water budgeting platform currently available.
SWIIM has developed a one-of-a kind, formal strategic relationship with California-based Western Growers with the goal of further expanding the technology’s footprint in the Western United States. One of the largest US-based agriculture trade associations, Western Growers represents growers, packers and shippers of fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts in California, Arizona Colorado and New Mexico who produce half of the country’s fresh produce.
Innovative research was conducted under a long-term (5+ year) Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) by scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture focusing on farm optimization and water conservation. The technology was developed through two separate departments at the USDA and included both in-field research and software development that has led to the co-patented algorithm SWIIM uses to optimize irrigation water use. It helps growers to optimize consumptive use water through a series of irrigation and cropping strategies.
RDO Water, the irrigation division of RDO Equipment Co., maintains a sales and distribution agreement with SWIIM. RDO is a 50-year-old, trusted provider of agricultural equipment and irrigation systems to growers and water districts throughout multiple regions with more than 75 stores in nine states, and partners with distributors in Africa, Australia, Mexico, Russia, and Ukraine
Merced-based Central Irrigation maintains a sales and distribution agreement with SWIIM servicing clients throughout the Central Valley of California. The company is trusted and managed by agricultural professionals, including active growers throughout the region. Water and Land Solutions is the ag water consulting arm of the the partnership, and consults with their clients on water balance concerns throughout the San Joaquin Valley.
SWIIM is an affiliate of the Ag Center 59 partnership – a consortium of agricultural professionals working together to provide quality, needed services through a team of industry leaders. Ag Center 59’s affiliates assist in further bolstering sales and distribution of SWIIM’s water accounting solutions to San Joaquin Valley growers and water districts concerned about the impending implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA)
SWIIM works with and supports the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR). UC ANR offers programs and activities throughout the state that connect Californians to the University of California. UC ANR envisions a thriving California in 2025 where healthy people and communities, healthy food systems, and healthy environments are strengthened by a close partnership between the University of California and its research and extension programs and the people of the state. UC ANR are problem-solvers, catalysts, collaborators, educators and stewards of the land, living in the communities they serve.
SWIIM is an active member of the Water Association of Kern County, a non-profit business association made up of organizations and individuals interested in the economic, recreational, and conservation benefits of sound water management and development. The mission of the Water Association of Kern County is to inform and educate the public and water community about water issues in Kern County.
SWIIM is an active member of the Imperial County Farm Bureau, a non-government, non-profit membership organization. Their purpose is to protect and promote agricultural interests in Imperial County as well as the state and nation through public relations, education, and advocacy in order to support the economic advancement of agriculture balance with appropriate management of natural resources.
Innovative research was conducted by scientists under a formal agreement with three departments from Colorado State University focusing on farm optimization and water conservation. The research provided interdisciplinary studies in the areas of agriculture crop optimization, irrigation practices, and managed return flow to better manage water resources for the agriculture community while saving proportional consumptive use for other applications. The interdisciplinary team at Colorado State University involved the Warner College of Natural Resources, the College of Engineering, and the College of Agriculture.
SWIIM is an active member of the Kern County Farm Bureau. Their mission is to represent Kern County’s agriculture interest through public relations, education, and public policy advocacy in order to promote the economic viability of agriculture balanced with appropriate management of natural resources.
SWIIM is a member of the Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association, a non-profit, member-driven organization dedicated to maintaining and improving the viability of the produce industry. They continually strive to represent the health and safety of our members and all of the residents of Imperial Valley. We speak with a unified voice on the issues that affect growers.
In addition to its strategic agreement with Western Growers corporate, SWIIM is also a member of the Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology, an ag-tech development center dedicated to promoting agricultural-based technologies to sustain farms well into the future.
SWIIM’s original concept was partly underpinned by grants from the Colorado Water Conservation Board – an arm of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. As SWIIM continues to deploy in other regions, we continue to work successfully alongside governmental stakeholders within the regions in which we are active.
Innovative research was conducted under a formal agreement by scientists from Utah State University focusing on remote sensing technologies. We utilize a combination of satellite, aerial and on-the-ground remote-sensed technologies to help estimates elements of the water balance.