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Shirley Sherrod to Return to Work at USDA

Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Shirley Sherrod, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) official who was mistakenly fired last year, is set to return to work at the department, ABC News has confirmed.

Though returning to the USDA, Sherrod will assume a different role from her previous one as she will be working with the Southwest Georgia Project For Community Education Inc. The program is aimed at improving relations between minority farmers and ranchers and the USDA.

Sherrod was forced to resign from her position as the Georgia Director of Rural Development in July, 2010, after a video surfaced online of Sherrod talking about seemingly-racist actions 24 prior. However, after the full, unedited video of her speech was made public, the USDA apologized to Sherrod and told her she could have her job back. Sherrod declined that offer by the department.

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