Successful Strategies for Agricultural
and Commodity Markets
The DePutter team has been delivering independent agricultural commodity analysis and strategy since 1981. We’ve earned the respect and trust of our farm and agribusiness clients by helping them make sense of the deluge of daily market information.
As news managers and advisors, we provide the daily news that matters to you or your organization. We start with a world view and then boil it down to what it means for local producers and agribusiness. Our goal is to deliver daily strategic insights and recommendations that help you make faster, more effective marketing decisions and take the weight off your shoulders.
Our trade connections are strong. We talk to buyers and analysts on a daily basis to round out our insights, but our advice and perspectives remain independent. We don’t tell our clients who to sell their crop to, just how and when to sell profitably.
Our track record is solid and we don’t come and go with the ups and downs of market cycles. We understand both short-term and long-term markets and the associated risks and opportunities. We’ve been successful for the past 30 years helping cash crop farmers sell at better than average prices.
In the early 1970s, farmers were buoyed by the commodity boom and craved to discover more about hedging, forward contracting, basis contracting and other marketing tools. John recognized farmers’ emerging thirst for marketing knowledge while working as Secretary-Manager for the Middlesex Federation of Agriculture in London Ontario.He too became enthralled with the commodity market.While finishing his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Western Ontario and working part time at CFPL Radio, broadcasting farm news and market reports, John began to build his knowledge of marketing and commodity markets.In 1981, John established DePutter Publishing Ltd and the Ag-Alert service to provide Ontario farmers with market information and analysis. He now draws on his own theories of human behavior and a deep understanding of Canadian farmers to provide market insight, analysis and recommendations for farmers and agribusiness.
A sought after speaker and noted freelance writer, John has also taught commodity marketing at agricultural colleges in Ontario. As president of DePutter Publishing, he leads the company’s commitment to turning agricultural and commodity news and analysis into successful marketing strategies.
Ranulf Glanville, Vice President
Ranulf holds a BSc in Engineering. He joined the DePutter team as a market analyst after completing an MBA at the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey School of Business in 2003. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).Ranulf’s deep understanding of resource commodity markets started with experience on the ground in the mining and forestry industries, which provided valuable insights into fundamental supply and demand factors and cyclical forces that he now applies to analyzing agricultural commodity markets.
Today, Ranulf plays a leading role in the management of the company. He also spearheads the DePutter team’s efforts on the Ag-Alert family of products, including the weekly newsletters, daily hotlines and Ag-Alert Plus reports. His primary goal is to provide DePutter clients with timely and insightful market analysis and recommendations.
DePutter Team Members
Senior Agricultural Reporter Dave Milne is a seasoned professional writer. He contacts people in the know about farm markets, while also researching issues of critical importance to farmers and agribusiness. Dave delves into agricultural markets to provide DePutter clients with a strong understanding of the wide-ranging global supply and demand factors that ultimately dictate the price a producer receives for a commodity at the farm gate level. He leads the DePutter team’s Farm Market News service, which gives farm operators and agribusinesses the information they need to know, providing the facts in a straight-forward, easy-to-understand manner that cuts to the heart of the issue.
Office Manager Wayne MacLean has helped build the company over the years with his business savvy and deep farming knowledge. He looks after subscriptions, helps farmers with marketing questions, gathers data and organizes seminars. Wayne has a strong relationship with the trade, which allows him to keep his finger on the pulse of market developments.
Adrian Uzea grew up on a dairy farm in a prairie region located in the South-Eastern part of Romania. He received his Bachelor of Agri-Food Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Romania and obtained his Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan. His experience includes work in purchasing with Danone and Maple Leaf, commodity risk management for the Canadian Wheat Board, and analytical positions with agricultural producers associations such as the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association and Chicken Farmers of Canada. At DePutter Publishing, Adrian is charge of providing concise and accurate analysis of the most important data and statistical resources available to today’s agricultural industry.
Business Strategist Camille DePutter grew-up as a regular hands-on helper in the DePutter Publishing office. Today, Camille’s experience includes a decade in the communications industry, during which she has provided marketing and public relations expertise for a wide range of clients both in the food and agriculture industry (Syngenta Canada, Sleeman Brewing) and out (Bell Canada, The Globe & Mail). Camille has served as a coach and advisor for her employers as well as junior staff, recognized for her ability to develop insightful, constructive solutions to complicated problems, and foster a positive, innovative company culture. She brings these skills to her role at DePutter Publishing, where she strives to ensure that every product and publication delivers value to customers. A passionate foodie and long-term writer, Camille has written for publications such as DiningOut Magazine and BlogTO, and currently explores the grey areas of food and agriculture on her blog The Meaning of Eat.
DePutter Publishing networks with key independent and corporate analytical and research entities to complement its in-house knowledge. Of these, a primary contributor is DWG Consulting, which expertly edits Good Morning Prairies and E-Morning Ontario and provides an array of technical support services.