Ousted former Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod has declined to rejoin the department, The Associated Press reports

Agriculture Secretary Tom VilsackTom VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE offered Sherrod the job of deputy director of advocacy and outreach Tuesday as an olive branch after last month's controversy over a speech she gave. 

According to Vilsack, Sherrod did say she would consult with the department on its civil rights performance.


She told reporters that she couldn't return in a full-time capacity "with all that has happened," but that she does hope for "some type of relationship with the department in the future."

Sherrod was fired in July after a video clip surfaced online that showed her admitting that she had denied a white farmer the "full force" of her efforts as a rural agricultural director because of his race.

The full text of the speech, however, showed that she presented the anecdote as a means of saying that Americans must not judge based on race. 

Vilsack later apologized for her firing.

-— This post was updated at 10:42 a.m.