Eloise Spooner, 82, poses with her husband, George, 88, at their farm near Iron City, Ga., on Wednesday, July 21, 2010. Shirley Sherrod, a black USDA official, was fired when she said in a speech that she had failed to give Spooner her full support when he faced the loss of his family farm in the 1980s, long before she went to work for the USDA. (AP Photo/Elliott Minor)

Photo by: Elliott Minor

Eloise Spooner, 82, poses with her husband, George, 88, at their farm near Iron City, Ga., on Wednesday, July 21, 2010. Shirley Sherrod, a black USDA official, was fired when she said in a speech that she had failed to give Spooner her full support when he faced the loss of his family farm in the 1980s, long before she went to work for the USDA. (AP Photo/Elliott Minor)