This week The Modern Acre talks with Harry Ferdon of SWIIM System, which was recently ranked as one of the Top 25 Most Innovative AgTech Startups by Forbes for the second straight year! The water challenge facing farmers across America and globally has come up many times on the podcast. We were thrilled to dive into SWIIM System’s business model and learn about the value they provide farmers and how they have evolved over time. Harry discusses their focus on technology, their customers, and the industry. We hope you enjoy!http://themodernacre.co/2018/08/29-solving-the-water-problem-with-swiim-system/
Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology's lead and former Salinas Mayor Dennis Donohue interviews SWIIM System CEO Kevin France on WG's radio show on 1490 AM/104.9 FM KRKC. Kevin speaks about SWIIM's solution dubbed, "the QuickBooks for agricultural water management." The program aired on 4/9/18
Forbes interviewed SWIIM's CEO Kevin France on the need for proper water accounting, during and post-drought. Interview was conducted at the Forbes Ag Tech Summit in Salinas, CA June 2017.
SWIIM CEO Kevin France speaks about the strength of Western Growers annual member meetings and what makes them different than other conferences.
Western Growers Tech Talk Webinar recorded at the Innovation and Technology Center in Salinas, CA October 2016 (30 min presentation, 25 min Q&A session)
SWIIM CEO Kevin France is interviewed about the importance of tracking both applied and consumed agricultural water through monitoring.
Recorded at SWIIM's Tech Talk in Salinas, CA in November of 2016, featuring CEO of SWIIM @KevinMFrance and @Dave_Pugla, EVP at Western Growers (2:00)
KION TV News covered the Forbes Ag Tech Summit in Salinas. SWIIM is featured, CEO Kevin France discusses the challenges of hiring qualified applicants.
Univision TV covers ag-tech innovation in the Central Valley. SWIIM is feature, Senior Project Manager Victor Montaño discusses the ag-tech space.
Member of the SWIIM team calibrating an open-channel flume sensor, designed to assure accuracy and reliability of data.
SWIIM's team regularly checks calibration both in-field, and remotely-sensed data. Here, a team member manually measures flow, while a second person simultaneously checks the sensor via the cloud, to confirm ongoing accuracy.
SWIIM, known as the QuickBooks for agricultural water management and accounting, is explained recently at Innovation in the Central Valley near Fresno, CA (May 9, 2018)
SWIIM sponsors Crop ET reports throughout regions in which it serves. ET is a part of the calculation we use to balance the crop-water budget.
DESIGNED FOR GROWERS. This is a 9 minute video on how to set up SWIIM Planner with farm, field, crop and water use information. We generally upload this information into the system for the client to get them started, if they wish. Also covered is the optional USDA-developed water use optimizer (for non-permanent crops). It provides key information and a demonstration on getting started, entering your farm and field and running the optimization wizard.
FOR GROWERS AND WATER MANAGERS. This 11 minute video shows how SWIIM connects to in-field flow, climatic and remote sensed data to calculate your on-farm water budget, complete with costs, by water source. It shows the ability, on-demand to run reports and graphs to make better in-field management decisions, and allow water managers to aggregate system-wide water budgets, along with the detailed water auditing and reporting functionality.
DESIGNED FOR GROWERS. This short video depicts going from zero to optimized in 5 minutes. The optimizer is designed for non-permanent crops only and is an optional plug-in into SWIIM Planner. There is no narration with this video - it simply provides a quick visual overview of SWIIM Planner optimization functions.
Companies in Salinas are addressing these global food issues through agtech innovation. SWIIM System is featured as one of the three contributing companies.Visit agtechsalinasca.com to learn more.