Belarus SIG #Belarus Request for info on agronomy school in Minsk founded by "VEKO" #belarus

Leslie Pyenson MD FACP

My grandfather, David Pyenson (Paenson/Paiensohn in cyrillic/yiddish),
graduated >from an agronomy school in Minsk in 1905 and shortly
thereafter arrived in the US. According to a letter he wrote circa 1950
(in yiddish, which I have had translated) that accompanied his class
photo, the school was founded in 1900 by "VEKO" and disbanded in 1908.
Can anyone tell me what "VEKO" (yiddish transliteration/?abbreviation)
stands for and anything about this school?

Thank you.
Leslie Pyenson
Hartsdale, NY

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