Thousands of middle income Vermonters could see their health care costs spike when a new federal exchange goes into place in 2014. A group of advocates is urging the Legislature to create a special state subsidy program to make up the difference. Small dairy farmers in the Northeast and Wisconsin say a tough year has been made worse by Congress’ failure to pass a new farm bill before the old one expired. The Vermont Law School is inaugurating a new president and dean. The Vermont Transportation Board is seeking public input on transportation issues facing Vermont.