Sports Illustrated‘s Albert Breer released a new 2020 mock draft, with A.J. Epenesa going No. 6 overall.Breer likes the Detroit Lions to go with a Hawkeye for the second straight year, after taking tight end T.J. Hockenson in the 2019 first round.From Breer’s mock:The Big Ten’s sack leader returns as, along with (Ohio State’s Chase) Young, the most fearsome defender in the conference. Because of how Kirk Ferentz runs his program, Epenesa had to wait his turn to start—in 2018, he made first-team all-conference while backing up senior Parker Hesse (who went undrafted and has been moved to tight end by the Titans since). There are a few questions about how Epenesa will play the run in the pros, after splitting time last year. But his tools are off the charts. And so I have the Lions dipping into the Hawkeye well for a second straight year.Impressively, this isn’t even the most bullish projection wew’ve seen for Epenesa.In late May, RotoWorld draft analyst Thor Nystrom projected Epenesa as the No. 2 player off the board next year.[Sports Illustrated] IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 10: Quarterback Clayton Thorson #18 of the Northwestern Wildcats breaks a tackle in the second half from defensive end A.J. Epenesa #94 of the Iowa Hawkeyes, on November 10, 2018 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)The hype entering the 2019 season is incredibly real for Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa.The star defensive end didn’t even start during the 2018 season, and yet put up pretty huge numbers. Last year, he led the Big Ten with 10.5 sacks from off the bench.With a trio of experienced Iowa defensive linemen gone from last year’s team, Epenesa will finally start, and is expected to take on a bigger role. That means adding to his game and becoming a more well-rounded player.Athlon Sports has Epenesa as a preseason All-American. He’s also garnered some serious NFL Draft hype.
15 November 2009United Nations efforts to strengthen agriculture and enhance food security received a boost today, ahead of a major summit set to begin on Monday, thanks to new initiatives with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and a leading Brazilian university. The $1 billion agreement signed in Rome by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and IDB will fund agricultural development in 26 least developed countries that are members of both the Bank and FAO. The agreement aims to help leverage additional resources and bring total investment in the IDB-FAO programme to $5 billion by 2012. “This agreement comes at a critical moment, when the international community recognizes it has neglected agriculture for many years,” FAO stated in a news release. “Today, sustained investment in agriculture – especially smallholder agriculture – is acknowledged as the key to food security.” The agency added that both FAO and IDB share the same vision and strategy, and will continue working together in improving rural infrastructure, promoting local economic development and enhancing food security while strengthening and revitalizing their cooperation. Meanwhile, scientists from the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV), one of Brazil’s leading academic institutions specialized in food and agriculture, are set to provide their expertise to FAO for its agricultural development programmes in Latin America and Africa under another agreement signed today. The university will also facilitate access by students from developing countries supported by FAO to its capacity-building and human resources development programmes.More than 60 heads of State and government are scheduled to meet at the World Summit on Food Security to focus on boosting agricultural production and eradicating hunger, a scourge affecting 1 billion people worldwide.Ahead of the gathering, the three Rome-based UN agencies dealing with the issue today launched strategy to enhance collaboration between them.According to a joint statement issued by the FAO, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the decision culminates a two-year effort to advance joint action to help developing nations address food insecurity by investing in agriculture and safety nets, and to address hunger exacerbated by the food and financial crises and climate change.