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Sherrod to discuss returning to Ag Department with Vilsack on Tuesday

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Albany’s Shirley Sherrod might soon be a U.S. Department of Agriculture employee soon.

Sherrod and Agriculture Secretary will meet Tuesday to discuss her taking the reigns as deputy director of the Office of Advocacy and Outreach, the department says. It will be the first face-to-face meeting between Vilsack and Sherrod since Vilsack’s office forced Sherrod resigned last month as the department’s Georgia director of Rural Development. The new job includes civil rights advocacy and would be a promotion.

Sherrod resigned in July after edited video footage of a speech she gave was posted by blogger Andrew Breitbart of BigGovernment.com. In the speech, Sherrod spoke of not offering her full help to a white farmer, but the full video shows that Sherrod was making a point that she has moved beyond racial motivation in her advocacy work.

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