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The USDA lifted its ban on scientists talking to the press


UPDATE 10:43 a.m. Jan. 25:

The USDA's crackdown on its science division was lifted Tuesday evening, BuzzFeed News reports

The USDA faced widespread backlash after BuzzFeed initially reported the ban on members of the Agricultural Research Service communicating with the press. 

In a statement, USDA acting deputy administrator Michael Young said the memo was "flawed" and released without officials' approval. 

UPDATE 12:43 p.m.: President Trump banned EPA employees from offering updates on social media or talking to reporters, according to the Associated Press.

He also prevented the agency from offering new contracts or grants.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has banned some of its research scientists from sharing their work, ranging from summaries of scientific papers to tweets, with the public, BuzzFeed News reports.

An email sent Monday reportedly told the staff of the Agricultural Research Scervice to stop communicating with the public about taxpayer-funded work, including "news releases, photos, fact sheets, news feeds and social media content."

This is the last tweet from the ARS Twitter account. It's from before Inauguration Day.

Energy Secretary-designate, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, is sworn-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, prior to testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Some scientists have been wary of the Trump administration. At one point, he requested the names of all Department of Energy employees who had done climate change research, which Energy Secretary nominee Rick Perry denied.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt arrives at Trump Tower in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Scientific American said Trump's stance on science was "hostile," citing his appointment of Scott Pruitt (pictured) as head of the EPA and meeting with vaccine critic Robert Kennedy Jr. during a commission on autism.

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FILE- In this Nov. 30, 2016, file photo, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue smiles as he waits for an elevator in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. A person familiar with the decision says President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump's nominee to run the USDA, Sonny Perdue, called climate change a "running joke" in 2014. 

The USDA lifted its ban on scientists talking to the press

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