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Shirley Sherrod lunches with farmer

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Albany, GA - Shirley Sherrod is lunching with Seminole County farmer Roger Spooner.

Spooner is the farmer Sherrod referred to in a speech that got her fired and thrust her into the national spotlight.

Sherrod met Spooner at the Emerald Lake RV Park just south of Colquitt at lunchtime today. .

It's the first time they've seen each other in 24 years.  

The 87-year old farmer appealed to Sherrod for help in the late 80's, when Sherrod managed the field office of the Southern Farmer's Cooperative.

In a speech to the NAACP in March 2010, Sherrod referred to her working relationship with Spooner as an awakening to her that poor white farmers needed her help as badly as poor black farmers.

A portion of her speech was posted on the internet which made it sound like she was bragging about not helping a white farmer.

That set off a national media frenzy that resulted in her firing from the U.S.D.A.

In the days since, she's gotten an apology from the Obama Administration, even a phone call from the president.

She's also been offered a job with the U.S.D.A., but says she doesn't know if she'll take it.

WALB News 10 accompanied Mrs. Sherrod on this visit and will have full coverage coming up on WALB News 10 at 6.