State Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said Friday he expects state legislators will make a significant investment in expanding broadband across rural Kentucky in the budget being finalized in Frankfort.

Quarles came to Owensboro on Friday to discuss the “Ag Tag” program, which raises funds for Kentucky FFA, 4-H and the Department of Agriculture’s youth development programs. But Quarles said in a brief interview that he expects legislators will have funds for expanding rural broadband in the budget draft that will be released soon.

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