Wisconsin legislators are touting a new budget which they say will help the state’s farmers considerably. While technical matters such as land use tax exemptions are still tied up in debate, truly important measures have already been approved – including stiff penalties for activists caught vandalizing biotech crops or intentionally spreading livestock diseases. State Rep. David Ward (R) told the (Madison) Capital Times that “Wisconsin farmers are faced with increasing threats from radical groups like PETA who have resorted to the destruction of property and even threats to harm animals, just to bring attention to themselves.”