12505B21Q0090SS – Sources Sought – Sparganothis and Cranberry Fruit Worm Pheromone Blend – Sources Sought

Jun 19, 2021 | Sources Sought

A market survey is being conducted to determine if there are adequate Small Business, SBA certified HUBZone, SBA-certified 8(a), Women-Owned, or Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) contractors available for a proposed project who meet the specific criteria outlined below.

This is a SOURCES SOUGHT NOTICE ONLY. This is not a solicitation Announcement or Request for Quote. It does not constitute any commitment by the Government. No award will result from this notice. The purpose is to conduct market research to gain knowledge of potentially qualified sources and to determine the capability of Small Business and/or Large Business companies to provide the supplies/services described below. Responses to this Sources Sought Notice will be used by the Government to make an appropriate acquisition decision. Department of Agriculture (ARS) requests responses from ALL socioeconomic categories in order to gain a more complete understanding of the market for these products and service.

The USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) will not award a contract on the basis of responses or pay for the preparation of any information submitted. Respondents will not be notified of the results of this notice. After completing an analysis of the responses, the Government will determine whether to limit competition to 8(a), HUBZone, SDVOSB, Women-Owned, or other small business firms, or to proceed with issuing an unrestricted solicitation, inviting full and open competition.

The NAICS code for the expected acquisition is 325998, with a Size Standard of 500 employees and the PSC Code is 6810. Any subsequent procurement will be conducted as a commercial item purchased in accordance with FAR Part 12 and as a Simplified Acquisition Procedure in accordance with FAR Part 13.

The Department of Agriculture (ARS) has the need for the following products:

001) Sparganothis and Cranberry Fruit Worm Pheromone Blend

Scope of Work:

The UDSA-ARS Vegitable Crop Research Unit (VCRU) in Madison, WI is seeking sources for Sparganothis and Cranberry Fruit Worm Pheromone Blends.

Background:

The USDA-ARS uses this pheromone blend to disrupt mating behaviors of the cranberry pests Sparganothis Fruitworm and Cranberry Fruitworm. The cranberry pests Sparganothis Fruitworm and Cranberry Fruitworm are detrimental to the overall crop yields of cranberries in Wisconsin; in order to successfully reduce the populations of these pests without jeopardizing the integrity of the fruit or the local ecosystem, we need a pheromone-based treatment that disrupts the mating of the adult moth to prevent damage before the eggs are even laid. Many insecticides that can treat and kill these pests are incompatible with organic practices or leave lasting residue on the fruits or environments. These pheromone blends are alternatives to the traditional insecticides that are compatible with organic practices and have been shown to be effective in the past.

Technical Requirements:

  • Sparganothis Fruitworm Pheromone Blend
    • Active volatile Pheromone Treatment
    • Must be proven to reduce Sparganothis Fruitworm population
    • Must be able to be applied directly to cranberries
    • Must be able to be used on organic and conventional acreage
    • Must be able to persist on plant for >10 days
    • Must come with encapsulated carrier to slowly release pheromones
    • Must be compatible with conventional application techniques (boom sprayer)
  • Cranberry Fruitworm Pheromone Blends (conventional)
    • Active volatile Pheromone Treatment
    • Must be proven to reduce Cranberry Fruitworm population
    • Must be able to be applied directly to cranberries
    • Must be able to be used on conventional acreage
    • Must be able to persist on plant for >10 days
    • Must come with encapsulated carrier to slowly release pheromones
    • Must be compatible with conventional application techniques (boom sprayer)
  • Cranberry Fruitworm Pheromone Blends (organic)
    • Active volatile Pheromone Treatment
    • Must be proven to reduce Cranberry Fruitworm population
    • Must be able to be applied directly to cranberries
    • Must be able to be used on organic acreage
    • Must be able to persist on plant for >10 days
    • Must come with encapsulated carrier to slowly release pheromones
    • Must be compatible with conventional application techniques (boom sprayer)

Brand name or equal: Trécé Sparganothis MEC and CFW MEC

Key Deliverables:

  • Sparganothis Fruitworm Pheromone Blend – 26 bottles (490 mL/bottle), total volume of 12,740 mL or 12.74 L.
  • Cranberry Fruitworm Pheromone Blend, Conventional – 19 bottles (490 mL/bottle), total volume of 9,310 mL or 9.31 L.
  • Cranberry Fruitworm Pheromone Blend, Organic – 9 bottles (490 mL/bottle), total volume of 4,410 mL or 4.41 L.

Delivery:

Delivery is to be made to Russell Lab at USDA-ARS VCRU 1630 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706 by no later than July 16th, 2021.

The vendor shall provide all items F.O.B: destination. Location of the Government site is aboard USDA-ARS Madison, WI and will be identified in the contract. The Government anticipates award of a Firm Fixed Price contract.

Capability Statement:

Companies who have the experience, as well as an interest in doing business with ARS, should submit a Capabilities Statement which, for this notice, is not expected to be a proposal, but rather short statements regarding the company’s ability to demonstrate their expertise and experience in relation to the areas specified in this notice.

Companies should also indicate whether they are a Small Business, SBA-certified HUBZone, SBA-certified 8(a), SDVOSB, or Women-Owned Small Business.

To be eligible, all vendors must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) with a current and active registration. A DUNS (Dun and Bradstreet) number is required in order to register in SAM. A vendor can contact SAM by calling 1-866-606-8220 or e-mail at www.sam.gov. NO EXCEPTIONS. Vendor must include their DUNS# on their capability statements.

To be eligible, all vendors must also be registered in SAM under the specific NAICS code listed as part of this sources sought. If a prospective vendor is not registered under the specified NAICS code and would qualify to be registered under it then they must update their SAM registration prior to providing a capabilities statement.

Finally, to be eligible, all vendors must be NDAA 889 Certified. If they do not currently have a NDAA 889 Certification, then they must complete the attached NDAA 889 Certification form and submit it to aaron.dimeo@usda.gov so that they can be added to the list of NDAA 889 Certified vendors.

Submitting a Capability Statements:

Responses should be submitted via email to aaron.dimeo@usda.gov by Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. CST. Telephone inquiries will not be accepted. Questions should be directed to Aaron Dimeo at aaron.dimeo@usda.gov by no later than Monday, June 21, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. CST.

Disclaimer:

This notice does not obligate the Government to award a contract or otherwise pay for the information provided in response. The Government reserves the right to use information provided by respondents for any purpose deemed necessary and legally appropriate. Respondents are also advised that under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of information or provide feedback about any of the information received.  After review of the responses received, the Government may issue a pre-solicitation synopsis and solicitation. No proprietary, sensitive, confidential or classified information shall be included with your response. The Government reserves the right to use any non-proprietary technical information in any resultant solicitation.

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