I was interested in EAS this year as they touted "Natural Beekeeping" and "keeping bees with less chemicals", as the main topic last year when making arrangements for this year. But speakers have been cut (people like M. Palmer, etc.), and the direction of the event has shifted. I have heard from others that it has become a symposium on Russian Bees and one huge marketing ploy for the Russian breeders association. (you can read about a precursor in the last Bee Culture copy) Not that it's bad or anything wrong with it, but I had thought there was a different format this year, and thought it was something I was looking forward too. Throw in the cost of the short course and conference ($320), daily room rates of $150 per night (x's 5), and other costs, and the HAS is looking better and better.
I am not sure how many attend both EAS and HAS. For me, I will choose one not due to money as much as time constraints. One is in New York, and the other in Ohio. Makes no difference to me in travel. I'm looking for the best value, and the topics of interest that are more appealing to me personally.
HAS would benefit greatly if they would get their information out there a little sooner, so people can make informed decisions.
Anyone connected to HAS? Anyone listening to what I'm saying.... ;)