Two-Lined Spittlebug Request For Proposals (RFP)

The Two-Lined Spittlebug (TLSB), Prosapia bicincta, was first detected in Hawai`i in 2016 and by 2021 infested 180,000 acres on Hawai`i Island. In recognition of the severe impacts of this pest, the Legislature appropriated $350,000 through Act 137 of Session Laws of Hawai`i 2021 for mitigation and control of the TLSB and recovery of the rangelands damaged by this pest. The Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) will be issuing service awards via a request for proposals (RFP) through the Research Corporation of the University of Hawai`i to mitigate and control two-lined spittlebugs in affected rangelands. Affected rangeland-related businesses are encouraged to apply for funding through this program for the management and recovery from impacts caused by TLSB. We will have an informational period including two future online opportunities for consultation with the department.

To view the RFP, go to:

To download the fillable application form, go to:

Eligibility is as follows:

  • Applicants must operate business impacted by TLSB.
  • Applicant’s business operations must be within the known infested zones impacted by the TLSB as defined by the University of Hawai`i.
  • Applicant should be engaged in the activities to manage these impacts such as:
    • Purchase and application of insecticides to manage TLSB infestations
    • Purchase and application of herbicides to manage impacted forage or eliminate weeds that have taken over TLSB infested areas
    • Purchase and application of seeds to reseed impacted rangelands
  • Larger awards ($25,000+ or more) will require proof of compliance with Hawai`i Compliance Express and may require federal certifications


Activity                                                                                Tentative Scheduled Date

Pre-proposal announcement                                                 August 26, 2022

Preproposal Conference 1 (Held by zoom)                      September 2, 2022
(Zoom link above)

Preproposal Conference 2                                                    September 7, 2022
(Zoom link above)

RFP Posting date                                                                   September 15, 2022

Deadline for written inquires                                                 October 5, 2022

HDOA Response for written inquires                                   October 12, 2022

Proposal submission deadline                                                October 17, 2022

Proposal evaluation period                                                   October 24-28, 2022

Contractor Selection                                                               November 2, 2022

Notice of Award                                                                     by November 16, 2022

Estimated Award start date                                                  by December 5, 2022


Evaluation Criteria:

An evaluation committee will be created to review all applications.

Service awards will be based upon a sliding scale of predetermined values based upon the following criteria:

Criteria Points
Ranching related business within known infested zone 6
Acreage impacted by TLSB 9
Ability to demonstrate impacts of TLSB infestations 15
Loss of forage due to TLSB 3
Weeds replacing forage impacted by TLSB 5
Loss of livestock 7
Past activities engaged in to manage TLSB infestations 15
Purchase and application of insecticides 5
Purchase and application of herbicides 5
Purchase and application of seeds 5
Current/Planned activities to manage TLSB infestations 15
Purchase and application of insecticides 5
Purchase and application of herbicides 5
Purchase and application of seeds 5
Total Points: 60

Awards will be subject to the availability of funds.

The RFP open period will tentatively begin on September 15, 2022.  All applications must be submitted electronically or post-marked by October 17, 2022. Awards will be determined after December 5, 2022.

Please go to for a copy of this posting. Updates will be posted to this site. For more information, contact [email protected].

No person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of the applicant or recipient receiving Federal financial assistance from AMS.  Recipients of federal financial assistance, regardless of the amount are subject to Civil Rights reviews.

7 CFR part 15 Subpart A

The Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, or disability, or any other class as protected under applicable federal or state law, in administration of its programs, or activities, and, the Department of Agriculture does not intimidate or retaliate against any individual or group because they have exercised their rights to participate in actions protected, or oppose actions prohibited, by 40 C.F.R. Parts 5 and 7, or for the purpose of interfering with such rights.

If you have any questions about this notice or any of the Department’s non-discrimination programs, policies, or procedures, you may contact:

Morris Atta, Acting Non-Discrimination Coordinator
Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture
1428 S. King Street, Honolulu, HI 96814,
(808) 973-9560
[email protected]

If you believe that you have been discriminated against with respect to a Department of Agriculture program or activity, you may contact the Non-Discrimination Coordinator identified above.

To request language or accessibility for this RFP, please contact the Office of the Chairperson, at (808) 973-9560 or email: [email protected] Please allow sufficient time for HDOA to meet accommodation requests.