A third-party verifier can be a veterinarian, another livestock producer not related to the producer whose livestock died or someone else from the area who has experience with livestock, says Charlie Stoltenow, North Dakota State University Extension Service veterinarian.
The applicant also must provide inventory records if the proof of death is by a third-party certification or reliable records.
Inventory records could include vaccination records, balance sheets, loan records, sales and purchase receipts, or private insurance documents.
"Provide as much information as possible, such as reasons for death:
temperatures, wind, snow or other weather conditions," Schmidt says.
Applications with supporting documentation must be completed by Oct. 31, 2011.
For more information about the program, contact your local FSA office.