Opposing views on what will Irish farms look like in 2040?
It has been quite a week for farmers and the climate.
In the space of a few days, the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed that emissions from agriculture had increased.
The IFA's environment spokesman, Thomas Cooney, more or less admitted it would be difficult to reduce them without reducing the national herd, and the minister in charge of climate action in Ireland said that "we have to drive down emissions in agriculture".
It's easy to understand why farmers feel embattled by the whole climate change issue. When they look out over their stock, and the quality of the food they produce, it can be difficult to accept that any of this process can be causing harm.
So how will climate change affect farmers? What new targets and regulations will be imposed on them? How will farming be different in the future? Will it be different at all?
What will Irish farms look like in 2040?
I wouldn't like to see less cattle
Thomas Cooney (IFA)
"In the next 25 years, I would hope that there would be technological advances that would help with emissions.
"Anaerobic digesters would be on farms in 25 years, which would help with slurry and brown bin waste, but I wouldn't like to see less cattle. I would say there will be a similar amount of stock but being produced sustainably.