ATTENTION PROPERTY OWNERS:  If you have experienced flooding in your home from the recent rains and your insurance company has deemed your losses to be 50% of your property value or more, you may qualify for a local option abatement. Contact the Brown County Assessor’s office before July 1st @ 507-233-6606 to speak with an appraiser to request an inspection.

Agriculture Best Management Practices Loan Program (AgBMP)

The Agriculture Best Management Practices Loan Program (AgBMP) is a water quality program that provides low-interest loans to farmers, rural landowners, and agriculture supply businesses. The purpose is to encourage agricultural Best Management Practices that prevent or reduce runoff from feedlots, farm fields and other pollution problems identified by the county in local water plans.

Common Project Areas:

  • Conservation Tillage
  • Erosion and Water Retention
  • Feedlot Improvements
  • Manure Management
  • Septic Systems
  • Well Sealing
  • Various other projects to improve water quality

What are the details, and how do I get started?

The AgBMP Loan Program is able to fund any activity or practice that helps to improve water quality, or that helps maintain high water quality.  Loans may only be used to solve existing water quality problems, not for new construction or refinancing.

  • Maximum interest rate 3%
  • Maximum loan term length is 10 years
  • Frequency of payments are determined by lender
  • Maximum loan amount of $200,000

Contact Allison Kletscher in the Planning and Zoning Office (507-233-6641) for additional information and to apply. 

Additional information and resources:

Contact Planning & Zoning

Located on the 2nd floor of the Brown County Courthouse

14 S State St,
New Ulm, MN 56073

Telephone: (507) 233-6640
Fax: (507) 233-6643

Laine Sletta - Zoning Administrator, Solid Waste Officer

Robert Santaella - Asst. Zoning Administrator, Septic, Feedlot Officer

Allison Kletscher - Environmental Specialist

Shawn Stoermann - Emergency Manager

Amanda Lang - Feedlot Officer

Patty Zupfer - Office Support Specialist


Mission Statement

Commitment to Excellence through Leadership, Teamwork, and Education


Office Hours: 8am to 4:30pm
(most offices)

Main Office Phone: 507-233-6600

Courthouse Address:
14 S State St
New Ulm, MN 56073

Individual Office Hours may vary.


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